Briefing: Setting VAT rates

Council Directive 2006/112/EC lays down rules applicable to the common system of value added tax (VAT). Among other issues, the Council Directive sets a framework for VAT rates. The present VAT system is based on ‘the origin principle’, which requires that a VAT rate applicable to transaction is determined by the Member State in which the seller is located. Various studies and reports show that presently several challenges are linked to the implementation of this directive. These challenges include a gradual move from the origin principle to the destination principle, a need to fight VAT fraud, uncertainty for companies involved in cross-border trading, different VAT rates applied in Member States, obsolete rules, and the restrictive list of cases where reduced VAT can be applied, that is included in Annex III of the directive. The European Parliament has called on the European Commission to update Council Directive 2006/112/EC to respond to these challenges. Similarly, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee have recommended that this legislation be updated. Furthermore, representatives of various stakeholder groups have voiced requests regarding this piece of legislation. Finally, the European Commission has expressed a willingness to take a more effective and proportionate approach to VAT rates. It is expected that the European Commission will submit this proposal in the third quarter of 2017.

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Agenda: Cultural Affairs Committee (27 September 2017)

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Report: Completing the Digital Single Market for European Consumers and Citizens: Tackling Geo-blocking in the EU – 10th Meeting of the IMCO Working Group on the Digital Single Market

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State Aid Case: SA.39346 Implementation of Commission Decision in case E 4/2005 – State financing of Radio Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) and Teilifís na Gaeilge (TG4) – Ireland

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8409 PROSIEBENSAT 1 MEDIA /TELEVISION FRANCAISE 1 / MEDIASET/ JV

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Agenda: Contact committee – Copyright in the information society (5 July 2017)

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Agenda: Audiovisual Working Party (20 September 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Framework Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Australia, of the other part

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (28 September 2017)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Agenda: Working Party on Intellectual Property (Copyright) (21 September 2017)

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Written Answer to a Question: Legislation on monitoring the circulation of terrorist propaganda videos

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes (7 September 2017)

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UPDATED – Opinion: EP CULT Committee on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Discours de la Commissaire Gabriel à l’occasion de la clôture de la seconde journée du Forum européen du film

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Agenda: Cultural Affairs Committee (14 September 2017)

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Press Release: Commissioner Jourová on visit to Tallinn

On Monday 4, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender, Věra Jourová  will visit Tallinn. She will deliver a keynote speech at the Company Law and Corporate Governance Conference. She will present the aim of the upcoming company law package, which the Commission propse in the coming months. She will then meet  Mr Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice, to discuss the ongoing justice files under the Estonian presidency, such as the digital contracts proposal, the European Public  Prosecutor’s Office and the first review of the Privacy Shield. (For more informations: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659

Source: European Commission

La Commissaire Gabriel se rend à la Biennale de Venise où cinq films soutenus par MEDIA sont en compétition

La Commissaire chargée de l’économie et de la société numériques Mariya Gabriel se rendra, du 3 au 4 septembre, à la 74e édition du festival international du film de Venise. Au total11 filmscofinancés par le programme Europe Créative MEDIAd’aide au développement, à la promotion et à la distribution du cinéma européen, seront diffusés à la Biennale, dont cinq sont en compétition pour le prestigieux Lion d’or: “Custody” de Xavier Legrand, “Hannah” de Andrea Pallaoro, “The House by the Sea” de Robert Guédiguian, “Lean On Pete” d’Andrew Haigh et “The Leisure Seeker” de Paolo Virzì. La Commissaire Gabriel rencontrera des responsables du secteur audiovisuel afin de discuter des actions de l’UE venant en soutien au cinéma européen, notamment l’avenir du programme MEDIA, la révision de la directive sur les services de médias audiovisuels et la modernisation des règles de l’UE encadrant le droit d’auteur. A l’occasion de cette visite, la Commissaire a déclaré : “Le programme MEDIA joue un rôle essentiel dans le partage de notre identité commune d’Européens et dans le soutien à la diversité culturelle, qui en est le corollaire. La créativité artistique et culturelle est un élément fondamental d’une démocratie vivante et ouverte. C’est pourquoi, plus que jamais, nous voulons soutenir la création, la production et la distribution des contenus, pour qu’ils touchent les citoyens, à l’heure où la démocratie et les valeurs européennes sont confrontées à des attaques en Europe et à l’extérieur”. Lundi 4 septembre, la Commissaire Gabriel donnera un discours sur l’avenir du programme MEDIA au-delà de la période budgétaire 2014-2020 au Festival européen du film. Elle participera également à une conférence de presse avec le ministre italien de la culture Dario Franceschini, le secrétaire d’Etat aux affaires européennes Sandro Gozi et le directeur général en charge du numérique à la Commission européenne, Roberto Viola. Plus d’informations sont disponibles ici, et une fiche sur le programme MEDIA ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698; Julia Bräuer – Tel.: +32 229 80707)

Source: European Commission

Press Release: Concentrations : La Commission autorise l’acquisition du contrôle conjoint d’une entreprise nouvellement créée par les sociétés ProSiebenSat.1, TF1 et Mediaset

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement européen sur les concentrations, l’acquisition du contrôle en commun d’une entreprise nouvellement créée sous forme d’entreprise commune par les sociétés ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE (Allemagne), Télévision Française 1 S.A. (France), appartenant au groupe Bouygues, et Mediaset S.p.A. (Italie). L’entreprise commune sera active dans le marchandisage et vente, au niveau pan-européen, de l’inventaire publicitaire vidéo affiché avant, pendant et après le contenu vidéo disponible sur les médias numériques exploités par les parties ou par des tiers. La Commission a conclu que la concentration envisagée ne soulèverait pas de problème de concurrence, compte tenu de son impact très limité sur la structure du marché sur le territoire de l’Espace économique européen. La transaction a été examinée dans le cadre de la procédure simplifiée de contrôle des concentrations. De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur lesite internet concurrence de la Commission, dans le registre public des affaires sous le numéro d’affaire M.8409. (Pour plus d’informations: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

Source: European Commission

Creative Europe MEDIA at the 74th Venice International Film Festival

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Agenda: EP JURI Committee Meeting (7 September 2017)

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Merger Case: M.8564 VIACOM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA NETWORKS ITALIA/DE AGOSTINI EDITORE/DEA BROADCAST JV

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Agenda: EP CULT Committee Meeting (4 September 2017)

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