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In the future, the right to disconnect shall reduce the negative aspects of telework and working from the home. On 21 January 2021, the European Parliament approved a corresponding report of the Employment Committee.

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On 15 December 2020, the EU Commission presented the eagerly awaited proposals concerning two regulations, which are to better regulate online platforms in the future. Provided for, among others, are severe penalties for major online platforms if these do not comply with the new rules.

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Die anhaltende Coronakrise verlagert den Kauf von Waren und Dienstleistungen noch stärker ins Internet, große Online-Plattformen verzeichnen Rekordgewinne. Gleichzeitig wächst der Druck auf die PlattformarbeiterInnen, die bereits vor der Krise unter oftmals prekären und ausbeuterischen Arbeitsverhältnissen litten.

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On 13 November 2020, the Commission presented its new Consumer Agenda. In it, it introduced its vision as well as concrete plans for EU consumer policy from 2020 to 2025. This communication too focusses on more actions in respect of both green transition and digital transformation.

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For two years now, negotiations have been ongoing at WTO level concerning new rules for electronic commerce. As one of 42 civil society organisations, the Chamber of Labour has issued a declaration insisting that the protection of the fundamental right to data protection and privacy will take top priority.

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A Webinar on the announced Digital Services Act, organised by AK EUROPA, the European Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) as well as the Vienna Liaison Office in Brussels took place on 22 October 2020. As some of the current legal standards are already 20 years old and no longer meet the requirements of today’s challenges, the view of the Chamber of Labour is that new rules for online platforms are of great importance.

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On 20 October 2020, the EU Parliament voted on a total of six initiative reports on the Digital Services Act and the use of Artificial Intelligence. All six reports were adopted with a clear majority.

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AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation and the Vienna Liaison Office in Brussels would like to cordially invite you to our joint webinar "Digital Services & Platform economy: Impact on cities, workers & consumers":

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Apart from its new Digital Education Action Plan, the EU Commission also presented its vision on creating a European Education Area on 30 September 2020. Both Communications shall contribute to a speedy recovery and a better transition to a digital and green society.