Brussels Agenda - June 2017

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This month’s edition of the Brussels Agenda focuses on technology. We will take a closer look at the issues surrounding law and its relation to technology. The world now relies on technology to access markets it could not do so before, from different countries to different businesses.

This month also sees the end of roaming charges in the EU from 15th June 2017, demonstrating just how dependent we are on technology helping us to access data networks wherever we are in the EU. In 2016, the EU identified the Digital Single Market strategy as a means to create new opportunities for all within the EU regarding jobs, health data, the economy etc. also indicating a focus on technology.

Our viewpoint article focuses on virtual competition and is written by Professor Ariel Ezrachi. He also came to the UK Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office Event of which there is a report.

As to other contributions, we also have an article written by Diane Mievis on ‘Trade in a digital world,’ and Caroline Calomme, the founder of Brussels Legal Hackers is explaining why more advanced technological tools in legal practice are no longer a suggestion, but the reality.

An update on the tax law legislative train and the Audiovisual Media Services Directive our own articles include a short article on what blockchains and smart contracts are, and another article explaining geoblocking and what the EU is doing to minimise it.

The ePrivacy Regulation has gained much attention and an update on this has been included.

Furthermore, we have reported on the UK Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office event with the Law Society of Ireland on re-qualification to the Irish Bar.

In addition to the usual information on upcoming decisions, in the case law corner we have summaries on the Gibraltar case on the freedom to provide services and the Pirate Bay CJEU decisions.

Finally, we have a call for any blogs, twitter accounts or interactive sources of law that our readers use, so we can compile a reading list for our readers for the summer.

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