On 24 August, Statewatch leaked the draft Impact Assessment of the European Commission on the copyright reform. Impact Assessments are an essential part in the decision making process.
Statewatch published a draft of the Commission’s own Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules which clearly states that the Commission will indeed propose the introduction of an EU wide ancillary copyright for news publishers.
While nobody expected the EU commission to come forward with a proposal for a literal “link tax”, the “introduction in EU law of a related right covering online uses of news publications” is exactly what civil society groups like Save the Link are criticising as a link tax.
Assessing the impact of data protection: DPO-EDPS meeting in Alicante.
The new proposal does not bring improvements from the law adopted in 2012 and lacks an impact assessment. The proposed law is under public consultation until 29 March 2017 and Romanian digital rights NGO ApTI submitted a written opinion to the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the implications the new provisions might have on the right to privacy.
The opinion is available in Romanian here.
In 2013, the European Commission decided to subject the draft Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) to a Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) in support of the negotiations. The Final Report, which was published in July 2017, fails to address several key fundamental rights concerns.