Press Release: Silicon Valley is embracing EU’s leadership in data protection and privacy, say S&D MEPs

A delegation of S&D MEPs travelled to the United States this week to meet leading digital and hi-tech players in Silicon Valley, and to discuss how best to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new digital environment.

Commissioner Thyssen opening speech at the informal EPSCO Council, Vienna

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Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal market) (24 July 2018)

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Briefing: Fairness and transparency for business users of online services

The Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services on 26 May 2018. Providers of online intermediation services (e.g. Amazon and eBay) and online search engines (e.g. Google search) are required to implement a set of measures to ensure transparency and fairness in the contractual relations they have with online businesses (e.g. online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app stores) which use such online platforms to sell and provide their services to customers in the EU. The proposal is still at an early stage in consideration in the European Parliament, where it has been assigned to the IMCO committee.

Speaking points of Commissioner Jourová at the press conference on EU consumer rules

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Briefing: Interim digital services tax on revenues from certain digital services

There is a consensus that the digital economy is relatively undertaxed when compared with traditional businesses. Certain inherent characteristics such as reliance on cross-border provision of services without physical presence, easy transfers of intangible assets, and novel ways to create value make it particularly easy for enterprises to limit their tax liabilities. In order to provide a solution to this problem, in March 2018 the Commission adopted the ‘fair taxation of the digital economy’ package, comprised of two proposals. One concerns a permanent reform of corporate tax regime while the second is a proposal for a directive on the common system of a digital services tax on revenues resulting from the provision of certain digital services, which would apply as an interim measure until the permanent reform has been implemented. The tax is to cover businesses above two thresholds: total annual worldwide revenues exceeding €750 million and annual revenues in the EU exceeding €50 million. The proposed single rate is at 3 %, levied on gross revenues resulting from the provision of certain digital services where user value creation is essential. The stakeholders and the Member States seem to be divided on the issue.

Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Kamra tad-Deputati (MT) – COM(2018)147_148 final

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Folketing (DK) – COM(2018) 148 final

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Informal meeting of employment and social policy ministers (Vienna, 19 – 20 July 2018)

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Event: The Future of Work – EIF Debate with Commissioner Bienkowska in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (Brussels, 9 October 2018)

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UPDATED – Report: EP JURI Committee on three-dimensional printing, a challenge in the fields of intellectual property rights and civil liability

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Provisional Agenda: Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) (29-30 November 2018)

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Provisional Agenda: Economic & Financial Affairs Council (6 November 2018)

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Briefing: Corporate taxation of a significant digital presence

Despite achieving unprecedented growth and profit rates, the digital economy seems to be relatively undertaxed when compared to more traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ companies. The current rules are based on the physical presence of taxpayers and assets, and there is a general understanding that they are not suited to taxing a digital economy characterised by reliance on intangible assets and ubiquitous services whose location is often hard to determine. International bodies are currently working on how to adapt tax rules to the digital reality. The European Commission adopted a proposal in March 2018.

ECOFIN Report to the European Council on tax issues

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Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal market) (5 July 2018)

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions ECON Commission Meeting (21-22 June 2018)

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Agenda: EESC Section for Economic and Monetary Union 
and Economic and Social Cohesion (27 June 2018)

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Event: S&D conference on the Online Platforms (Brussels, 28 June 2018)

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