February 2018 - eco News | Doing Business in Germany

What's New in eco February 2018

News from the eco Association


eco Policy Breakfast on Hate Speech

Date: 27 Feb. 2018
Location: Brussels

Date: 18-20 April 2018
Location: Frankfurt

Date: 03 May 2018
Location: Hamburg


Date: 7-8 March 2018
Location: Frankfurt

Date: 10-16 March 2018
Location: Rust

Date: 13 March 2018
Location: Stockholm

Date: 22 March 2018
Location: Singapore

Date: 16 April 2018
Location: San Franscisco

The German Industrial IoT market will more than double from its 2017 levels in the next four years, reaching a volume of around 16.8 billion Euro by 2022. This is a central finding of the study “The German Industrial IoT Market 2017-2022. Facts and Figures” by eco – Association of the Internet Industry and Arthur D. Little. This corresponds to a growth rate of around 19 percent per year.

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The turn of the year has also seen a new development at eco, where a new interdisciplinary division for the area of "Digital Business Models" has been established. Management responsibility is vested in Andreas Weiss, who has led EuroCloud Deutschland_eco as Director for eight years. With this development, the largest association of the Internet industry in Europe is pooling existing competencies, providing for stronger networking, and creating new synergies.

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Associations of the digital industry fear a stagnation of digital policy under the German “grand coalition.” To counteract such a deadlock, a petition launched on the initiative of the Federal Association of German Startups, available under digitalministerium.org, calls on the party leaders of the Christian Democrats/Christian Socialists and the Social Democrats to appoint a digital minister.

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Even in the digital world, the borders of the EU countries can still very often make their presence felt. The EU, however, is trying its best to dismantle these border blockades, including when it comes to online shopping. Online retailers will have to adapt to new rules in the future given that, on Tuesday, 6 February, the European Parliament approved the Parliament’s and Council’s regulation "on measures to combat geoblocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, residence, or place of establishment within the internal market (...)."

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