Published on July 19th, 2018

Let us talk for a sec about how the EU affects our daily life or is about to 🔊
This week gave us 🇪🇺

📌 Antitrust: The EU fines Google of a record-breaking €4.34 billion for freezing out rivals of its Android mobile phone system 🔎📱‼️
📌 Safe data: The EU and Japan agreed to create the world's largest area of safe data flows 🔄
📌 Trade: EU-Japan Summit: a landmark moment for trade and cooperation 🇯🇵🤝🇪🇺
📌 #Help: EU assists Sweden in fighting forest fires 🔥🌲🆘

Antitrust: The EU fines Google of a record-breaking €4.34 billion for freezing out rivals of its Android mobile phone system 🔎📱‼️
➡️ Google has abused its dominant position in the market by making tie-ups with phone makers like South Korea’s Samsung and China’s Huawei. “Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits” said Commissioner Vestager on Wednesday.
Three specific allegations of anti-competitive behavior made by the Commission say that Google was:
1. requiring Android handset and tablet manufacturers to set its search engine as the default and pre-install the Chrome browser before allowing them to offer access to its Play app store,
2. preventing manufacturers from selling mobile devices powered by rival operating systems based on Android's open source code, and
3. giving device manufacturers and mobile networks financial incentives to provide its own search service as the sole pre-installed option.

Safe data: The EU and Japan agreed to create the world's largest area of safe data flows 🔄
➡️ The EU and Japan successfully concluded today their talks on reciprocal adequacy. They agreed to recognize each other's data protection systems as 'equivalent', which will allow data to flow safely between the EU and Japan.
🔜 The Commission is planning on adopting the adequacy decision in autumn this year, following the usual procedure: Opinion from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), followed by a comitology procedure and update of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. In parallel, Japan will finalize the adequacy finding on their side.

Trade: EU-Japan Summit: a landmark moment for trade and cooperation 🇯🇵🤝🇪🇺
➡️ At the summit, leaders signed two landmark agreements, the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement, which will significantly boost bilateral relations.
1. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan is the biggest ever negotiated by the European Union. It creates an open trade zone covering over 600 million people and nearly a third of global GDP
2. The European Union and Japan are like-minded partners, working together both bilaterally as well as in multilateral fora, such as the United Nations and the G7. The Strategic Partnership Agreement will deepen and strengthen EU-Japan relations by providing an overarching and binding framework for enhanced cooperation
What does your country trade with Japan? Find out: https://tinyurl.com/y8xm59bs

#Help: EU assists Sweden in fighting forest fires 🔥🌲🆘
➡️ The European Commission has helped mobilise two firefighting planes from Italy via the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism, following a request for assistance from Sweden due to the very high forest fire risk that the country is facing. This is the second time this summer Sweden has asked for support, due to heavy fires this year.

🔥 If you want to be updated, too, we suggest the European Parliament's press service http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room and the European Commission's newsroomhttps://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en

Written by Nadia Deis

Project Officer

Nadia is one of two project officers of the “YEP: Why European Parliament” project. Before working for AEGEE, she worked in the Directorate General for Communication in the European Parliament, and after for a Danish Member of the European Parliament, while on the side writing her master thesis on “Local level Europe”. She holds a master degree in Public Administration and a bachelor in EU Studies, and have ground game experience with national EU campaigns.