Jacques Delors Institute – European Think Tank in Berlin

Online platforms and how to regulate them: an EU overview

Online platforms and how to regulate them: an EU overview

The rapid rise of online platforms has characterized the digital transformation of the last decade. In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich provides an overview of existing regulation of online platforms in the Single Market, examines current regulatory challenges for the EU and proposes policy recommendations for the future European debate on platform regulation. more

EU’s multi-level system: Strengthening parliamentary voices

EU’s multi-level system: Strengthening parliamentary voices

Although citizens’ trust in political institutions and the European Union as a whole has recovered slightly, better parliamentary scrutiny can reduce the perceived democratic deficit of the EU’s multi-level system. This Policy Paper is guided by the principles of building upon current practices and avoiding Treaty change. Valentin Kreilinger suggests five measures how to strengthen parliamentary voices. more

Merkel on EU reform: a decryption

Merkel on EU reform: a decryption

For eight months, the EU had waited for a German response to President Macron’s ideas on EU reform. On 3 June 2018, Chancellor Merkel outlined her own proposals in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. While lacking an overarching vision, she provided some concrete proposals on what she saw as priority policy areas: Eurozone, asylum and border management, as well as foreign and security policy. Here’s what she said and what it means. more

Missions for EU innovation policy: the set-up matters.

Missions for EU innovation policy: the set-up matters.

The introduction of research and innovation missions in “Horizon Europe” will be one of the most significant changes on previous EU research programmes. In this policy paper Philipp Ständer argues that the proposed missions are a promising tool for EU innovation policy, as long as they get sufficient political support and the underlying governance is right. more

Multiannual Financial Framework - an assessment

Multiannual Financial Framework - an assessment

On May 2nd, the European Commission published its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, covering the period 2021-2027. What the Commission labels a „modern budget that protects, empowers and defends“ marks the start of a crucial political battle over the EU’s policy priorities after Brexit. In this blog post, Jörg Haas, Eulalia Rubio and Pola Schneemelcher take a closer look at the proposal. more

Takes Two to Tax - on fair taxation of the digital economy

Takes Two to Tax - on fair taxation of the digital economy

The ongoing digital transformation poses enormous challenges to current tax law. Thus the European Commission published two proposals, a so-called interim tax and a comprehensive solution. In this blog post, Pola Schneemelcher assesses the proposals and makes the case that they do not sufficiently address the crucial question of how to value data. more

Follower Power for the European Parliament

Follower Power for the European Parliament

In a little more than a year from now Europeans head to the polls to vote for a new EP. There is a danger that the voter turnout will fall once more. Thus the EP should become more active online. In this blog post Paul-Jasper Dittrich sketches out a possible “get-out-the-vote” online campaign of the EP for the upcoming elections that specifically targets young Europeans. more

Online platforms and how to regulate them: an EU overview

The rapid rise of online platforms has characterized the digital transformation of the last decade. In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich provides an overview of existing regulation of online platforms in the Single Market, examines current regulatory challenges for the EU and proposes policy recommendations for the future European debate on platform regulation. more

EU’s multi-level system: Strengthening parliamentary voices

Although citizens’ trust in political institutions and the European Union as a whole has recovered slightly, better parliamentary scrutiny can reduce the perceived democratic deficit of the EU’s multi-level system. This Policy Paper is guided by the principles of building upon current practices and avoiding Treaty change. Valentin Kreilinger suggests five measures how to strengthen parliamentary voices. more

Merkel on EU reform: a decryption

For eight months, the EU had waited for a German response to President Macron’s ideas on EU reform. On 3 June 2018, Chancellor Merkel outlined her own proposals in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. While lacking an overarching vision, she provided some concrete proposals on what she saw as priority policy areas: Eurozone, asylum and border management, as well as foreign and security policy. Here’s what she said and what it means. more

Missions for EU innovation policy: the set-up matters.

The introduction of research and innovation missions in “Horizon Europe” will be one of the most significant changes on previous EU research programmes. In this policy paper Philipp Ständer argues that the proposed missions are a promising tool for EU innovation policy, as long as they get sufficient political support and the underlying governance is right. more

Multiannual Financial Framework – an assessment

On May 2nd, the European Commission published its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, covering the period 2021-2027. What the Commission labels a „modern budget that protects, empowers and defends“ marks the start of a crucial political battle over the EU’s policy priorities after Brexit. In this blog post, Jörg Haas, Eulalia Rubio and Pola Schneemelcher take a closer look at the proposal. more