Right to be forgotten should be limited to EU, top court says in Google case | EURACTIV.com


The EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling should be limited to the EU, the European Court of Justice said on Thursday (10 December), delivering an opinion on a case brought by France’s privacy authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL).

The Advocate General responsible for the opinion, Maciej Szpunar, said in a statement that he was “not in favour of giving the provisions of EU law such a broad interpretation that they would have effects beyond the borders of the 28 Member States.”

He added that requests to be ‘forgotten’ from outside the EU should “not be affected by the de-referencing of the search results” globally.

Source: Right to be forgotten should be limited to EU, top court says in Google case – EURACTIV.com

Updating copyright rules for news: There’s a better way | EURACTIV.com


The European Publishers Council uses strong language in their op-ed published in EURACTIV when it describes our position on Europe’s copyright reform.

We do not oppose the principle that news publishers’ content should be protected. Copyright rules give news publishers rights over how their work is used. Europe is updating these rules for this digital age, and that’s a move Google supports.

We fully support protecting high-quality journalism. But we are concerned about the potential unintended consequences of certain wordings which lock all publishers – big and small – into the same business model and could impact access to quality news and information.

Source: Updating copyright rules for news: There’s a better way – EURACTIV.com

EU-Swiss talks hit impasse, causing Brexit confusion | EURACTIV.com


Talks between Brussels and Berne have been running since 2014 in a bid to formalise the 120 separate accords that have been negotiated between the EU and Switzerland since a 1992 referendum in the Alpine state rejected joining the European Economic Area.

But the draft Institutional Framework Agreement, which was made public in early December, now seems unlikely to become reality.

Under the negotiated accord, Swiss rules would automatically adapt to fall into line with EU law once it comes into force.

Source: EU-Swiss talks hit impasse, causing Brexit confusion – EURACTIV.com

The Brief – Trading places | EURACTIV.com


As the European elections draw ever closer, EU leaders are quietly maneuvering into position the candidates they want to install in the next European Commission. Here are some of the latest developments.

It’s anybody’s guess what the next European Parliament will look like, although many polls can give us a rough idea of how the ‘Camembert’ will shape up after May.

The make-up of the next Commission is also far from clear but the likes of Hungary, Luxembourg and even Denmark have shown or at least given us a glimpse of their cards. The really big players are still keeping them close to the chest.

Source: The Brief – Trading places – EURACTIV.com

The Brief – A Day without Europe | EURACTIV.com


Tomislav Dontchev, the politician who came up with the idea, said it would be a day when people would need visas to cross borders and would pay customs duties to import goods. “This would drastically reduce the number of Eurosceptics”, he said.

We could imagine such a day. You go to the shop to buy the usual – some food, some cosmetics. You pay for your purchase, and you get two receipts: one for the price with the EU, and the other one where the goods had been imported from the continent and subject to customs duties.

Source: The Brief – A Day without Europe – EURACTIV.com

Brits in Belgium thrown no-deal Brexit lifeline | EURACTIV.com


Alison Rose said in a video statement that “whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, British citizens already in Belgium will be able to stay living and working in Belgium”.

The ambassador added that the Belgian government will soon unveil a “package of measures” that will ensure the status quo is preserved.

Belgium’s deputy prime minister, Didier Reynders, stated earlier in the day that safeguarding citizen rights in case of no-deal “is a priority”, both for Brits in Belgium and Belgians across the Channel in the UK.

Source: Brits in Belgium thrown no-deal Brexit lifeline – EURACTIV.com

France’s ‘great national debate’: Taxes, public services, environment and democracy | EURACTIV.com


President Emmanuel Macron has written a letter to the French people to launch the “great national debate” that he intends to hold over the coming weeks.

At the outset, he said that France “of all nations, [is] one of the most fraternal and one of the most egalitarian. It’s also one of the freest because everyone is protected in their rights and their freedom of opinion, conscience, belief and philosophy.”

Source: France’s ‘great national debate’: Taxes, public services, environment and democracy – EURACTIV.com

Draft Solicitation for Multibillion DEOS Coming This Month | Nextgov


The two agencies partnered together to revamp the Pentagon’s DEOS strategy in October, and the two agencies now anticipate “establishing a single-award blanket purchase agreement under Schedule 70,” according to an updated FBO posting Tuesday.

The posting states GSA intends to issue a draft RFQ by Jan. 31 for industry to review and provide feedback on. A final RFQ is expected in late February or March.

Source: Draft Solicitation for Multibillion DEOS Coming This Month – Nextgov

A Regional Push to Clean Up Cars, Trucks and Mass Transit | Route Fifty


As power-plant emissions decline in the Northeast, a group of East Coast states is targeting another source of greenhouse gases: cars, trucks and mass transit.

They have been spurred by a startling statistic: Transportation produces about 40 percent of carbon emissions in the region, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Power plant emissions have fallen by 51 percent in the region since the program began, according to an analysis of RGGI data by the Acadia Center, an environmental nonprofit with offices in five Northeast states. States have used the permit proceeds to weatherize homes and to give consumers rebates on their electric bills.

But the region faces significant hurdles in replicating that reduction with transportation emissions.

Source: A Regional Push to Clean Up Cars, Trucks and Mass Transit – Route Fifty

10 Things to Know About Government Reorganizations | GovExec.com


While much has been written about the topic in general, a search for information about the effects of reorganizations is an unrewarding task.

Almost no one has asked the question: What difference have past reorganization plans and executive orders made?

How have they been implemented and with what results?

Here’s what we do know …

Source: 10 Things to Know About Government Reorganizations – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com