Sunday, 30 June 2013
I have noticed being troubled by the implications of this ground zero of trust for the Internet economy. If the Internet returns to a mental Stone Age of zero trust, what is going to happen to us and our economies? Read The age of zero trust: Spies and spied upon.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 11:50
After the EU Digital Agenda Scoreboard SWD(2013) 217 in a nutshell and a look at the fragmented and contracting telecoms markets in Europe, we steam ahead to the second annex chapter about fast and ultra-fast Internet access (from page 43). - I pick and choose a few figures. Read Ultra-fast Internet, mobile services and roaming in EU.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 07:33
Saturday, 29 June 2013
The ouverture presents the theme. In the blog entry ECTA and ETNO lobbying – the sequel I mentioned the Financial Times article by Daniel Thomas and James Fontanella-Khan: Telecoms chiefs urge rethink of reforms (€). Read Variations on a telecommunications regulation theme.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 03:00
Friday, 28 June 2013
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Let us turn to the public information (and communication practices) of two major telco industry interest groups. Read ECTA and ETNO shadow boxing on telecoms single market.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 07:53
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
At the Digital Agenda Assembly (DAA) in Dublin, 20 June 2013, Kroes sang the praise of progress with the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) before concentrating minds on unfinished business, the proposal promised for the telecoms single market. Read Telecoms single market outlined.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 09:30
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Markets in the United States and South East Asia are rising, but Europe is falling behind. Are the European leaders prepared to act quickly and decisively to get our continent back on a growth path? Read Fragmented and contracting telecoms services in Europe.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 04:58
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Friday, 21 June 2013
The digital natives have (deservedly) had some fun, but are we going to see more of the discussion Jon Worth started by asking questions and enlightening the politicians necessary for both market reforms and Internet regulation in Europe? Read Merkel in #Neuland – Where are the digital natives?
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 12:46
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Is Europe too defensively anchored in the past, as sketched in the entry #jesuisreactionnaire joins Colbert 2.0, or can enough creative people seize the offensive opportunites in a competitive digital world, as on offer in the public consultation about television and the Internet (connected devices)? Read Creative and competitive Europe? Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 opens.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 14:24
Monday, 17 June 2013
Perhaps a few more Europeans should ask why the great Internet, information technology and entertainment firms are American. In principle Europe should offer a seamless home market of 510 million citizens and consumers through the European Economic Area (EEA). Read Connected devices and TV in EU media policy.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 19:06
Saturday, 15 June 2013
Giving one country an EU veto is like providing it with a weapon of mass destruction, here directed by France against growth and jobs in the whole union. You don't even need to argue if you keep repeating: non, non, non, non ! Read A WMD called Nicole Bricq.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 18:01
Friday, 14 June 2013
There has to be a better future for the citizens of the EU. This is the reason for the open letter from Mathias Darmell and other concerned citizens to EU leaders for profound democratic reform. Read A democratic federation of citizens.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 18:34
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
We saw that the European Parliament voted for the exclusion of cultural and audiovisual services, including those provided online, to be clearly stated in the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). France is the main proponent of this fendamentalist approach to growth sectors, not limited to safeguarding cultural diversity. Read Hollande saving us from capitalism, growth and jobs.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 07:06
Monday, 10 June 2013
Saturday, 8 June 2013
On the agenda of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) of the European Parliament 17-18 June 2013 we see that the committee is going to consider amendments and compromise amendments to the draft motion for a resolution on the digital single market. Read European Parliament: Complete the digital single market!
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 19:05
In these gloomy times there is at least one area where national and EU politicians could do something popular, while kick-starting growth and job creation for added brownie points. Tearing down barriers does not even tax public budgets much, but new activity could bring in new revenue. Read Kroes promises single telecoms market initiative.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 17:52
Can there ever be a real EU single telecommunications market, a digital single market or, indeed, a seamless and comprehensive single market (with corresponding international free trade, including the TTIP with the USA and the FTA with Japan), if France and other protectionistic member states block progress and carve out widening exceptions regarding the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital in the most dynamic sectors? Read All quiet on EU telecommunications front.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 06:29
Hopes for economic growth and new jobs in Europe are pinned on international trade and a seamless single market in digital and other services, including telecommunications. The external and internal aspects are merging, because of global value chains, but veto powers can leave the EU even farther behind in dynamic business sectors. Read French veto threatens free trade.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 02:45
Thursday, 6 June 2013
Can there ever be a real EU single telecommunications market, a digital single market or, indeed, a seamless and comprehensive single market (with corresponding international free trade, including the TTIP with the USA), if France and other protectionistic member states block progress and carve out wider exceptions regarding the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital? Read Market and language phobias: France.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 17:22
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
There won't be much of a digital single market in the European Union (nor much free trade online) without the political will of the member states. France has been so busy lately that we can only scratch the surface in one blog post. Read Can there be a digital single market with France?
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 20:45
Thursday, 6 June 2013, the telecommunication ministers of the EU member states convene in Luxembourg to make their contribution for a return to competitiveness, growth and the creation of new jobs in Europe. Read To be or not to be? EU single telecommunications market.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 20:22
Aren't you astonished to find the British prime minister selectively calling for more effective EU action, instead of praising 'freely cooperating sovereign nation states' (unanimity) and Hague's proposed extension of obstacles and vetoes to the level of national parliaments in a matter so close to taxation, when the 'selfish actions' originate in other EU member states? Read Cameron cracks down on tax evasion.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 04:39
Monday, 3 June 2013
Yesterday we saw the UK foreign secretary William Hague at work to de-legitimise the European Parliament and reject European level democracy, even if the British constitutional and political system is hardly a modern day model for developed nations: Another plague from vague Hague. The Danish MEP candidate Karen Melchior reminds us that already Yes, Europe has a demos!, which discusses political subjects without regard to national boundaries. Read 'Red card' disembowels EU and democracy.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 17:16
The ongoing review of the balance of competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union is supposed to define how fully Britain is going to cut its moorings, but the foreign secretary William Hague has hastened to reject empowering the European Parliament and the citizens of the EU. Read Another plague from vague Hague.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 10:52
Saturday, 1 June 2013
The EU Competitiveness Council was overshadowed by the country-specific recommendations from the European Commission and its infringement package, political agreement on the common fisheries policy and Schengen, as well as the meeting between chancellor Angela Merkel and president François Hollande. For European businesses the Competitiveness Council offers an update closer to the strategic and operational issues they face. Read EU internal market and industry update.
Posted by Ralf Grahn at 08:41