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In this open letter civil society organisations and workers organisations, including AK EUROPA, are requesting from Executive Vice-President Vestager and Commissioner Breton urgent improvements to the transparency of the trilogue negotiations of the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act.

 

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The Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (AK EUROPA), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (BMSGPK) and The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) are pleased to invite you to our webinar.

 

Date Tuesday, 15th March 2022, 10:30
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Interrupted supply chains during the Coronavirus pandemic led to a global shortage of semiconductor chips. As a result factories closed in many sectors which in turn highlighted the significance of semiconductors for both European industry and society overall. In order to tackle these problems in the long turn the Commission recently proposed the European Chips Act which aims at making the European semiconductor industry more independent.

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AK EUROPA and its counterpart in Vienna have been running their own

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On 9 December 2021, the European Commission submitted an eagerly awaited proposal for a directive to improve the working conditions of people working through digital labour platforms. The proposal comprises three targets: combatting false self-employment, creating more transparency and fairness as well as introducing comprehensive information duties.

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On 23 November 2021, the EU Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection voted on the proposal on the Digital Markets Act.

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On 8 November 2021, the European Parliament held a public hearing with Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. Haugen reiterated her serious allegations against Facebook and called the corporation’s platforms a threat to democracy. Hence, Haugen emphatically welcomed the efforts by the EU to submit technology companies to more stringent regulations.

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Just a click and a Deliveroo cyclist delivers a fresh meal to our front door, an Uber driver takes us from A to B and a Helpling cleaner tidies our home. Platforms and the use of these services have become an inseparable part of our lives. However, over all this comfort we are only too ready to ignore the issue concerning the working conditions of these service providers.

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The draft regulation on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which the Commission presented in April 2021, is currently the focus of intense debate by the EU Parliament and the Council. Whilst the creation of a regulatory framework for AI is to be welcomed in general, from AK’s point of view, however, the Regulation does not go far enough in many respects. Above all, important protective mechanisms for employees and consumers are missing.

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Following the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, the Commission presented a draft regulation on Artificial Intellicence (AI) in April 2021. While the creation of a regulatory framework for AI is to be welcomed in principle, the proposed regulation does not go far enough in many areas from the point of view of AK.

 

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