• Facebook, Google agree to tackle fake news

      Facebook, Google agree to tackle fake news

      Facebook, Google and other tech giants have agreed to take voluntary measures to tackle fake news due to concerns they can influence elections, the Commission said last Wednesday. “The industry is committing to a wide range of actions, from transparency in political advertising to the closure of fake accounts and demonetization of purveyors of disinformation, and we welcome this,” Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said in a statement.

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    • Slovak ZSSK obstructed EC inspection

      Slovak ZSSK obstructed EC inspection

      The European Commission has informed Slovak rail company ZSSK of its preliminary view that the company obstructed EU's executive arm's inspection by giving incorrect information and deleting data from a laptop. The inspection was part of an antitrust inquiry in the rail passenger transport sector.

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    • EC refers Poland to the European Court of Justice

      EC refers Poland to the European Court of Justice

      On Monday the European Commission decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for an alleged breach of the independence of its supreme court, the latest showdown between Brussels and populist member state governments. The EC also asked the Court of Justice to order interim measures until it has issued a judgment on the case. In a statement the Commission maintains that the implementation of the contested retirement regime for Supreme Court judges in the country is being accelerated and is creating a risk of serious and irreparable damage to judicial independence in Poland, and therefore of the EU legal order since it undermines the union's founding democratic and rule of law values.

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    • Strategy for connecting Europe, Asia outlined

      Strategy for connecting Europe, Asia outlined

      A new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia was on Wednesday tabled by the Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in a Joint Communication, the EU press service reported. It builds on the EU's own experience of enhancing connections between its Member States and with other regions. The Communication will help to guide the EU's external action and is a part of the implementation of its Global Strategy.

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    • EU Commission presents plan for WTO modernisation

      EU Commission presents plan for WTO modernisation

      The European Commission today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make international trade rules fit for the challenges of the global economy. The concept paper published today sets out the direction of this modernisation effort in three key areas: updating of the WTO rule book, strengthening of the monitoring role of the WTO and overcoming of the imminent deadlock on the WTO dispute settlement system. It will be presented to EU partners in Geneva on 20 September during a meeting on that subject convened by Canada.

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