EuroISPA supports Ansip’s fight against fragmentation

EuroISPA welcomes European Commission Vice-President-designate Andrus Ansip’s ambition to tackle fragmentation and cut red tape in the digital market. Because businesses are being hampered in their growth as they face differences in requirements between EU member states.

EuroISPA hopes that Mr Ansip will be able to apply an innovation principle –as opposed to a precautionary principle– to all EU legislation, to ensure policies are forward-looking, future-proof and and more comprehensive digital policies can be developed.

“Coherent internet operations and the free flow of data within the EU are key to the economic and social benefit that the European Internet Service Providers bring to society. Tackling Fragmentation therefore is an important political initiative for our industry.”, said Oliver Sueme, President of EuroISPA.

EuroISPA calls for a review of the Copyright in the Information Society Directive

EuroISPA is concerned about recent discussions between publishers and online service providers and search engines in Germany and France. These national discussions are leading to a divergence in the national implementation of the copyright directive.

Businesses are facing differences in requirements between member states. Therefore, EuroISPA calls for a review of the Copyright in the Information Society directive to support the creation of a European single market fitting the current digital age.

„EuroISPA believes that publishers have the right to remuneration for the content they develop. However a modernisation of the current copyright regime in Europe is needed in order to bring it inline with the internet revolution. Uncertainty for businesses needs to be removed in order to stimulate innovation and growth in product quality and consumer choice.“, said Innocenzo Genna, Chair of EuroISPA’s Innovation and Growth Committee.

EuroISPA asks EU for Joint Position at UN Conference

EuroISPA co-signed a joint industry letter asking the European Union to take advantage of the informal Council meeting on 2 and 3 October to decide on a joint European position for the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Conference. EuroISPA underlines this joint position should reflect the recommendations from civil society and industry in Europe on the promotion of participation of all stakeholders in the ITU conference, and the opposition to any proposals to extend the scope of the ITU.

EuroISPA believes the EU should be the cornerstone of a global coalition of like-minded governments which believe in an open Internet, human rights, and inclusive multi-stakeholder governance. The EU should at the same time oppose any proposals which restrict human rights in the digital age.” Said Malcolm Hutty, Chair of EuroISPA’s Intermediary Liability committee.

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EuroISPA supports the gathering of Digital portfolios

EuroISPA supports European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s initiative to reorganize the Commission’s internal distribution of portfolios. The prioritization of ICT and Digital matters is something EuroISPA has long been advocating and the restructuring of the Commission is one further step in this direction.

By uniting past portfolios, such as copyright, IPR enforcement and e-commerce under one Commissioner, EuroISPA believes it will be easier to develop more comprehensive digital policies in the future. Therefore EuroISPA welcomes the Commission’s new structure as proposed by Juncker.

“Digital matters are a crosscutting issue and thus the merger of such significant portfolios is targeted for an innovative internet policy”, says EuroISPA President Oliver Süme.

EuroISPA submits consultation on Copyright infringement in Australia

Following with concern the developments regarding the online enforcement of copyright in Australia, the European Internet Services Providers Association has used the opportunity for participating in the online consultation presented by the Australian government. EuroISPA has sent a paper describing its experience and recommendations on the enforcement of copyright.

EuroISPA does not condone copyright infringement, and believes that the best way to protect the interests of creators is to encourage the creation of innovative, affordable content services based on business models that are compatible with the heightened expectations of consumers in the era of the Internet society.

“The best new Internet-based platforms for audiovisual entertainment provide a better consumer experience than sites supporting copyright infringment. Unfortunately, the growth of such services is hampered by outdated copyright laws and restrictive licensing practices, and by governments and corporations that focus their efforts on ever more repressive means of fighting piracy instead of constructive reform.”, said Malcolm Hutty , Chair of EuroISPA’s Intermediary Liability committee.

Digital Industries Send Juncker Joint Letter

The European Internet Services Providers Association signed a joint letter with other digital industry representatives to welcome the European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. The letter states support in the creation of a truly Digital Europe as stated in the President-elect’s manifesto.

To achieve the full potential of the economic and social contribution of digital technologies EuroISPA supports the appointment of a `Digital Commissioner´ working on the integration of the ‘innovation principle’ in all commission services. EuroISPA believes that this way Juncker could transform his Presidency into a truly ‘Digital Presidency’.

Such an approach would support an economic growth that is empowered by a reinvigorated European ICT and Internet sector that can ensure European citizens and businesses enjoy the greatest choice and value.

„Our members represent a core part of the European digital infrastructure. The digital transformation of the European economy is of utmost interest for the European ISPs and we very much welcome the approach of President Juncker to create a fully digital Europe.“, said Oliver Sueme, President of EuroISPA.

Digital Single Market: Jean-Claude Juncker’s first priority as Commission president

1 July- EuroISPA welcomed the fact that Jean-Claude Juncker made realising the European digital single market his first priority as President of the Commission.  The European Internet Services Providers Association fully supports this step, given how important digital technologies are in driving growth in the European Economy.

EuroISPA also calls on the Commission to recognise the importance of preserving the role of internet intermediaries and not overburden them with additional obligations. Commenting on the announcement, Oliver Süme President of EuroISPA said “Our industry remains committed to continue to deliver sustainable economic and social benefits from a Digital Single Market.