Parliament fails to truly take back control

Parliament fails to truly take back control

Posted on 29 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        This week the House of Commons voted to endorse an amendment by senior Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin which resulted in parliament taking control of the order paper. With the Government effectively losing control over its ability to set its own business, MPs moved on Wednesday to vote on a range […] Read more...

EU Commission publishes recommendation on 5G security risk

EU Commission publishes recommendation on 5G security risk

Posted on 29 Mar 2019

      Following the EU Parliament’s resolution calling for action regarding potential cyber security threats from China, the EU Commission this week has published its recommendations for the use of 5G networks. Rather than calling for a ban on Huawei or other Chinese suppliers that pose potential risks, the EU Commission urged member states […] Read more...

Controversial Copyright Law gets passed

Controversial Copyright Law gets passed

Posted on 29 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        On Tuesday the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was passed in the EU Parliament by a margin of 348 to 274 votes. This came after heavy campaigning by online platforms and citizens across Europe against the proposed legislation. The two most debated articles included Article 11 which requires […] Read more...

Former Finnish PM Stubb eyes Artificial Intelligence role

Former Finnish PM Stubb eyes Artificial Intelligence role

by Editor | Posted on 22 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

The technologically advanced EPP Spitzenkandidat campaign of Alexander Stubb created waves around Europe. Stubb has set his sights on the European Commission in the capacity as the first European Commissioner for Artificial Intelligence – (A possible Vice President position). Stubb believes that artificial intelligence is changing the world as we know it. Fake news and […] Read more...

EU fines Google €1.49B

EU fines Google €1.49B

by Editor | Posted on 22 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, has fined tech giant Google €1.49B (1.29% of Google’s turnover in 2018). In a press conference on Wednesday, Vestager said that Google had abused its dominant position by forcing users of its AdSense business to sign contracts stating that they would not accept advertising from rival search engines. During […] Read more...

EPP stop short of expelling Fidesz

EPP stop short of expelling Fidesz

by Editor | Posted on 22 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

At the EPP Political Assembly, which took place on Wednesday 20 March in the European Parliament, representatives of the member parties from across Europe voted to suspend Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party. The suspension is intended to show voters that it takes criticism of Budapest’s rule-of-law record seriously. But the decision also leaves […] Read more...

Brexit woes continue but progress made

Brexit woes continue but progress made

by Editor | Posted on 22 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

As another extraordinary week in the Brexit saga comes to a close, we can finally say that some progress has been made, but whether for better or for worse is anyone’s guess. The EU 27 agreed on a response to Prime Minister May’s request to delay Brexit and avoid a chaotic split on March 29. […] Read more...

Third time lucky for the PM’s deal?

Third time lucky for the PM’s deal?

Posted on 15 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        In what was another dramatic week in the House of Commons MPs decisively rejected the Prime Minister’s deal and on Wednesday moved to rule out a No Deal scenario in all eventualities. However, the latter was non-binding as the legal default remains that a No Deal outcome can only be removed […] Read more...

EU Scraps Common Digital Tax Proposal

EU Scraps Common Digital Tax Proposal

Posted on 15 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      Efforts by the EU to introduce a common digital tax have been scrapped due to resistance from Ireland and a number of Nordic countries. The proposal, initially introduced by the European Commission last year, aimed to tax digital firms such as Google and Facebook based not on the current practice of profits, […] Read more...

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