Andrus Ansip


European Parliament rejects EC plans for content portability

UPDATED: MEPs have endorsed the watered-down version of rules on ‘content portability’ across frontiers within the EU that was proposed by the European Parliament’s own legal affairs committee last month, despite the opposition of the European Commission. MEPs today endorsed the mandate for negotiations drawn up by the Legal Affairs Committee in November, with 344 votes […]

EU approves content portability rules

The European Parliament has approved new content portability rules that will let EU citizens access their online film and TV subscriptions while visiting other EU countries. Yesterday’s vote confirms the agreement reached between the European Parliament, Council and Commission in February and will remove restrictions so that EU citizens can use services like Netflix, HBO […]

EC calls for finalisation of Digital Single Market strategy

The European Commission has urged the European Parliament and member states to finalise key legislation and complete its Digital Single Market strategy by 2018. In its mid-term review of the 2015 Digital Single Market plan, published last week, the EC said that “good progress has been made” overall, and that it has delivered 16 key […]

EBU calls for cross-border access to content

EU decision makers should give citizens “the keys to enjoy more TV and radio programmes” from across Europe, according to the EBU and BEUC. At an event yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) supported the adoption of draft copyright licensing rules relating to broadcasters’ online transmissions […]

Europe at ‘crunch point’ ahead of 5G transition

Europe is at a ‘crunch point’ when it comes to telecoms, with the planned move to 5G set to transform how people live, work, play and communicate. This is according to Andrus Ansip, European Commission’s vice-president for the digital single market, commenting ahead of his speech at next week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. […]

Broadcasters slam new EC copyright plan to increase mobility

A body  that represents European commercial broadcasters and international media groups has reacted unfavourably to new rules on copyright unveiled by the European Commission that could see an extension of the country of origin principle and weaken the ability of rights-holders to trade on a territory-specific basis. The EC proposals, unveiled to coincide with EC president […]

BEREC issues net neutrality guidelines

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has issued guidelines for how regulators in Europe should implement new net neutrality rules. The guidelines, which are designed to give guidance to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), follow a six-week consultation period during which BEREC received an “unprecedented” number of contributions – some 481,547 in total. […]

Netflix could be subject to European content quotas

Video-on-demand services operating in the EU, including the likes of Netflix and Amazon, could be subject to European content quotas, according to French financial daily Les Echos, citing EC vice-president for the digital single market Andrus Ansip. Speaking to the paper at the Cannes Film Festival, Ansip told Les Echos that it was necessary to […]

Security and data handling key to Digital Single Market

Reinforcing trust and confidence in handling data is a fundamental part of the EU’s strategy to build a Digital Single Market in Europe, according to Andrus Ansip. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the European Commission vice-president in charge of the Digital Single Market said that the EU’s aim is to bring the benefits of […]

EU backs cross-border access to online content

The EU has proposed new copyright rules that will allow European residents to travel with the digital content they have purchased or subscribed to at home. The proposed regulation would permit “cross-border portability of online content services”, in a move that would stamp out geo-blocking of online content across EU countries. “We want to ensure […]