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Artificial Intelligence:Opportunities and Challenges for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

15-06-2020

Developing appropriate policies and regulations for AI is a priority for the European Union. AI has become a powerful driver of social transformation, reshaping individual lives and interactions as well as economical and political organisations. AI brings huge opportunities for development, sustainability, health and knowledge, as well as significant risks of unemployment, discrimination, exclusion, etc. Multiple areas are affected by AI, such as data protection (lawful and proportionate processing ...

Developing appropriate policies and regulations for AI is a priority for the European Union. AI has become a powerful driver of social transformation, reshaping individual lives and interactions as well as economical and political organisations. AI brings huge opportunities for development, sustainability, health and knowledge, as well as significant risks of unemployment, discrimination, exclusion, etc. Multiple areas are affected by AI, such as data protection (lawful and proportionate processing of personal data, subject to oversight), fair algorithmic treatment (not being subject to unjustified prejudice resulting from automated processing), transparency and explicability (knowing how and why a certain algorithmic response has been given or a decision made), protection from undue influence (not being misled, manipulated, or deceived). This collection of studies presents research resulting from ongoing interest of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in improving functioning of the Digital Single Market and developing European digital policies based on scientific evidence and expertise.

Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

16-03-2020

Developing appropriate policies and regulations for AI is a priority for the European Union. AI has become a powerful driver of social transformation, reshaping individual lives and interactions as well as economical and political organisations. AI brings huge opportunities for development, sustainability, health and knowledge, as well as significant risks of unemployment, discrimination, exclusion, etc. Multiple areas are affected by AI, such as data protection (lawful and proportionate processing ...

Developing appropriate policies and regulations for AI is a priority for the European Union. AI has become a powerful driver of social transformation, reshaping individual lives and interactions as well as economical and political organisations. AI brings huge opportunities for development, sustainability, health and knowledge, as well as significant risks of unemployment, discrimination, exclusion, etc. Multiple areas are affected by AI, such as data protection (lawful and proportionate processing of personal data, subject to oversight), fair algorithmic treatment (not being subject to unjustified prejudice resulting from automated processing), transparency and explicability (knowing how and why a certain algorithmic response has been given or a decision made), protection from undue influence (not being misled, manipulated, or deceived). This collection of studies presents research resulting from ongoing interest of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in improving functioning of the Digital Single Market and developing European digital and AI related policy based on scientific evidence and expertise.

Affordable communications for businesses and consumers

01-02-2018

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and data and internet access services have taken the place of traditional telephone services as key products for both consumers and businesses. Today, more and more audiovisual content is available on demand and there is exponential growth in 4G and 5G internet connectivity. In response, the EU has set up a regulatory framework for telecommunications covering fixed and wireless telecoms, the internet, broadcasting and transmission services, made up ...

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and data and internet access services have taken the place of traditional telephone services as key products for both consumers and businesses. Today, more and more audiovisual content is available on demand and there is exponential growth in 4G and 5G internet connectivity. In response, the EU has set up a regulatory framework for telecommunications covering fixed and wireless telecoms, the internet, broadcasting and transmission services, made up of a series of rules that apply throughout the EU Member States. According to recent research conducted for the IMCO Committee, telecommunication services contribute EUR 86.1 billion annually to the European Union’s GDP and new legislative measures introduced by the European Parliament could contribute an additional EUR 40 billion.

Digital Agenda for Europe

01-02-2018

Since 1995, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have driven productivity gains and growth in the EU[1]. Over the past three decades, technological ‘convergence’ has been blurring the boundaries between telecommunications, broadcasting and IT. The Commission launched the digital single market in 2015 to deliver the main legislative proposals, such as boosting e-commerce, copyright, ePrivacy, harmonisation of digital rights, harmonised VAT rules and cybersecurity.

Since 1995, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have driven productivity gains and growth in the EU[1]. Over the past three decades, technological ‘convergence’ has been blurring the boundaries between telecommunications, broadcasting and IT. The Commission launched the digital single market in 2015 to deliver the main legislative proposals, such as boosting e-commerce, copyright, ePrivacy, harmonisation of digital rights, harmonised VAT rules and cybersecurity.

The internal market: general principles

01-11-2017

The internal market is an area of prosperity and freedom, providing access to goods, services, jobs, business opportunities and cultural richness. Continuous efforts are required to ensure the further deepening of the single market, which could yield significant gains for EU consumers and businesses. In particular, the digital single market opens up new opportunities to boost the economy (through e-commerce), while also cutting red tape (through e-governance and the digitalisation of public services ...

The internal market is an area of prosperity and freedom, providing access to goods, services, jobs, business opportunities and cultural richness. Continuous efforts are required to ensure the further deepening of the single market, which could yield significant gains for EU consumers and businesses. In particular, the digital single market opens up new opportunities to boost the economy (through e-commerce), while also cutting red tape (through e-governance and the digitalisation of public services). Recent research indicates that principles of free movement of goods and services and legislation in this area generate benefits estimated at EUR 985 billion annually.

Free movement of goods

01-11-2017

The free movement of goods is secured through the elimination of customs duties and quantitative restrictions and the prohibition of measures having an equivalent effect. The principles of mutual recognition, elimination of physical and technical barriers and promotion of standardisation were added in order to continue the completion of the internal market. The adoption of the New Legislative Framework (NLF) in 2008 strengthened the free movement of goods, the EU’s market surveillance system and ...

The free movement of goods is secured through the elimination of customs duties and quantitative restrictions and the prohibition of measures having an equivalent effect. The principles of mutual recognition, elimination of physical and technical barriers and promotion of standardisation were added in order to continue the completion of the internal market. The adoption of the New Legislative Framework (NLF) in 2008 strengthened the free movement of goods, the EU’s market surveillance system and the CE mark. Recent research indicates that the benefits arising from the principle of free movement of goods and related legislation amount to EUR 386 billion annually.

The mutual recognition of diplomas

01-11-2017

The freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services are cornerstones of the single market, enabling the mobility of businesses and professionals throughout the EU. In order to implement these freedoms, diplomas and qualifications issued nationally need to be widely recognised. Different measures for their harmonisation and mutual recognition have been adopted, and further legislation on the subject is under way.

The freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services are cornerstones of the single market, enabling the mobility of businesses and professionals throughout the EU. In order to implement these freedoms, diplomas and qualifications issued nationally need to be widely recognised. Different measures for their harmonisation and mutual recognition have been adopted, and further legislation on the subject is under way.

Consumer policy: principles and instruments

01-11-2017

Effective consumer protection policy ensures that the single market can function properly and efficiently[1]. It aims to guarantee consumers rights vis-à-vis merchants and provide enhanced protection for vulnerable consumers[2].The financial crisis has demonstrated that consumer protection rules have the potential to make markets fairer and improve the quality of competition. Empowering consumers and effectively protecting their safety and economic interests have become essential goals of EU policy ...

Effective consumer protection policy ensures that the single market can function properly and efficiently[1]. It aims to guarantee consumers rights vis-à-vis merchants and provide enhanced protection for vulnerable consumers[2].The financial crisis has demonstrated that consumer protection rules have the potential to make markets fairer and improve the quality of competition. Empowering consumers and effectively protecting their safety and economic interests have become essential goals of EU policy.

Consumer protection measures

01-11-2017

European measures for consumer protection are intended to protect the health and safety and economic and legal interests of European consumers, wherever they live, travel or shop in the EU. EU provisions regulate both physical transactions and e-commerce, and contain rules of general applicability together with provisions targeting specific products, including medicines, genetically modified organisms, tobacco products, cosmetics, toys and explosives.

European measures for consumer protection are intended to protect the health and safety and economic and legal interests of European consumers, wherever they live, travel or shop in the EU. EU provisions regulate both physical transactions and e-commerce, and contain rules of general applicability together with provisions targeting specific products, including medicines, genetically modified organisms, tobacco products, cosmetics, toys and explosives.

Freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services

01-11-2017

The freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services guarantee mobility of businesses and professionals within the EU. Expectations concerning the Services Directive are high, as it is of crucial importance for the completion of the internal market. Recent research indicates that the value of the benefits generated by legislation that Parliament has adopted in the area of free movement of services, including professional qualifications and retail, amounts to EUR 284 billion annually.

The freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services guarantee mobility of businesses and professionals within the EU. Expectations concerning the Services Directive are high, as it is of crucial importance for the completion of the internal market. Recent research indicates that the value of the benefits generated by legislation that Parliament has adopted in the area of free movement of services, including professional qualifications and retail, amounts to EUR 284 billion annually.