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The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement to adapt EU copyright rules, so that authors, performers and journalists are better remunerated for their works in a world where music streaming services, video-on-demand platforms, news aggregators and user-uploaded-content platforms have become the main gateways to access creative works and press articles. The new Copyright Directive also ensures that people can share links, use memes and upload copyright material and that research organisation can make the most of big data by applying tools like text and data mining.
Euro area GDP is forecast to grow by 1.3% in 2019 and 1.6% in 2020 (Autumn Forecast: 1.9% in 2019; 1.7% in 2020). The EU GDP growth forecast has also been revised down to 1.5% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020 (Autumn Forecast: 1.9% in 2019; 1.8% in 2020). UK GDP growth is expected to remain subdued at 1.3% in both 2019 and 2020, says the European Commission in its Winter 2019 Interim Economic Forecast released today.
IT companies are now assessing 89% content flagged to them as hate speech within 24 hours while 72% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech is removed. This is respectively two and three times better, compared to 2016 when a Code of Conduct against hate speech was first signed between the European Commission and Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube.
A Surrey teenager has won the British leg of a competition to find the best young translators across the European Union. Natalia Glazman of Woldingham School won the Juvenes Translatores prize for her translation from Spanish into English of a text about Europe's cultural heritage.
A new trade agreement between the EU and Japan enters into force today (1 February 2019) creating the largest open trade zone in the world and providing new opportunities for businesses and consumers from both markets. The deal took five years to conclude and is the biggest bilateral trade agreement ever negotiated, covering 635 million people and almost one third of the world's total GDP. Annual trade between the EU and Japan could increase by nearly €36 billion once the agreement is implemented in full.
Google, Facebook, Twitter and Mozilla are removing fake accounts and have improved the transparency of political ads on their platforms. The companies are among the signatories of the Code of practice against disinformation –a set of industry self-regulatory commitments to fight disinformation on a voluntary basis. Today the European Commission published their first reports under this code.