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2024 EU Elections Innovation Policy Startups February 27, 2024 Unlocking Europe’s Digital Future: The Urgency for a Commissioner of Digital Entrepreneurship

By Tímea Bárocz, Operations Manager of Startup Hungary In today’s fast-paced digital era, innovation isn’t just advantageous; it’s essential for societal progression. The European Union, a vibrant tapestry of innovation and entrepreneurship, now stands at a pivotal juncture. However, a prevailing misconception within the EU is its perceived sluggishness in embracing digital transformation, often leading …

Artificial Intelligence Data Policy Privacy Startups February 23, 2024 The EU’s AI and Copyright Laws: The Challenges Ahead For Startups

Although one may think that artificial intelligence (AI) and copyright are issues separately addressed, nothing could be further from the truth, particularly today. With the rise in popularity of tools such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion, EU policymakers decided to regulate the use of generative AI (GenAI) systems, i.e. the technology at …

Artificial Intelligence Data Policy January 31, 2024 AI, Startups, and GDPR: A Privacy Tango with a Twist

Startups are at the vanguard of providing AI solutions to grand societal challenges. Yet, those AI solutions are only as good as the data they are fed, which includes extensive amounts of personal information. This is precisely why, soon after generative AI applications like ChatGPT went viral at the end of 2022, privacy concerns rapidly …

Artificial Intelligence Innovation Latest News Policy January 26, 2024 The European Commission’s AI Innovation Package: What does it mean for startups?

On 24 January 2024, the European Commission unveiled its ‘AI Innovation Package’ to support European startups in the development of trustworthy AI. This initiative does not come out of nowhere and goes along with the European Union’s much-anticipated AI Act, the world’s first comprehensive law on artificial intelligence. But what exactly is this package about …

Policy December 20, 2023 All we want for Christmas are policies that spark startup success 🎄

2023 has been a tough year for European startups: several EU tech regulations have been discussed and negotiated throughout the year and have, for some, led to heated debates. Although the startup ecosystem would have hoped for a ‘legislative break’ with the campaign for the EU elections, the upcoming Belgian Presidency has announced they would …

Latest News Policy Press Release December 15, 2023 PRESS RELEASE: Startups welcome the exemption of open source software from the scope of the revised Product Liability Directive.

[Brussels, 15 December 2023, contact maxime@alliedforstartups.org] Allied for Startups welcomes the trilogue agreement on the revision of the Product Liability Directive (PLD). This revamped law will adapt the EU’s liability framework to current market conditions and technological advancements while prioritising consumer safety. Importantly for startups, the agreed text clarifies that free and open source software (OSS) …

Healthtech Charter Latest News Policy Press Release December 14, 2023 PRESS RELEASE: EHDS Plenary vote: Startups advocate for unrestricted access to health data to enhance innovation.

[Brussels, 14 December 2023, contact maxime@alliedforstartups.org] Allied for Startups welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament’s report on the European Health Data Space, a landmark initiative that underscores a pivotal opportunity for startups to drive innovation and revolutionise healthcare in the EU. However, the European Parliament’s report misses a golden opportunity to deliver on the …

Data Innovation Policy November 16, 2023 Done and dusted: what does the Data Act mean for startups?

On 9 November 2023, the European Parliament adopted the final text of the Data Act, by a majority of 481 votes in favour, 31 votes against, and 71 abstentions. The Data Act has the potential to fulfill its promise of boosting Europe’s competitiveness and innovation capacity by harmonising rules on access and use of industrial …

Artificial Intelligence Latest News Open Letter Policy October 24, 2023 Open Letter: The AI Act is an opportunity to provide regulatory stability for startups

Allied for Startups sent an open letter highlighting the reasons why regulating GPAIs and foundation models will have detrimental effects on the startup ecosystem. Download the PDF here.

Net Neutrality Policy October 18, 2023 Are Network Fees Over?

On 10 October, the European Commission finally released the results of the exploratory consultation on the future of the electronic communications sector and its infrastructure – and there’s good news! For now, it seems like the Commission will not be moving forward with the idea of implementing Network Fees. Here are the key takeaways from …

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