The Way We Pay: Lessons from the U.S., Poland & France     Print Email
Friday, 03 October 2014

On June 19, 2014, The European Institute held a breakfast discussion in Brussels on the European Commission’s proposal, “Regulation of interchange fees for card-based payments” which looks to ensure transparency, trim transactional costs, and encourage further innovation in e-commerce. Todd Zywicki, Professor atGeorge Mason University Law School & Senior Fellow at the International Center for Law and Economics in Washington, DC; Leo Van Hove, Professor at the Free University of Brussels; and Marcin Nowacki, Director of Public Affairs at the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, Poland presented case studies from the U.S., France and Poland where different degrees of e-payment regulations have been implemented and discussed the outcomes of these directives.

 
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    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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