Publications in: Economic Policy

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

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

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