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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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (2 October 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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Taxation: Commission sets out path towards fair taxation of the Digital Economy

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Agenda: Cultural Affairs Committee (27 September 2017)

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Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (28 September 2017)

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Event: What is Next for eGovernment? (Brussels, 18 October 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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Event: EBU Media Lunchtime Talk: Data, Elections and Democracy (Brussels, 26 September 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (27 September 2017)

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Public consultation on the review of the directive on the re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI Directive)

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Final public report for BEREC: Study on net-neutrality regulation

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (20 September 2017)

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Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the new European Task Force against fake news

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UPDATED – Seventh round of mutual evaluations on “The practical implementation and operation of the European policies on prevention and combating cybercrime”

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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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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Council Decision on the open data policy of the Council and the reuse of Council documents

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

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Press Release: Commissioner Jourová on official visit to Washington D.C and San Francisco

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová will visit Washington D.C. on Monday September 18 to launch the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The purpose of the review is to establish whether the arrangement adopted on 12 July, now used by over 2,400 firms, properly secures transfers of personal data from the EU to the US. After discussions with US administration and gathering feedback from range of stakeholders, from businesses to NGOs, the Commission will publish a report with its assessment in the coming weeks. The Commissioner will then visit Silicon Valley September 19-20 to quiz tech companies on their experience with Privacy Shield and discuss the ongoing work on social platforms in the EU, including combating illegal online hate speech, user’s terms and conditions, gender equality, especially in a tech environment and other upcoming EU initiatives. In particular, she’ll meet Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, representatives of Google and other tech companies, start-ups and NGOs. She will give a keynote at Berkeley University on ‘Between freedom and security – The future of justice on the Internet’. More information on the Privacy Shield is available online, as well as in a short video. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel. +32 229 67083; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

Source: European Commission

 

Press Release: Hate speech, Fake News and Security

The EDPS participated in the Hate Speech and Security Summit in Rome. The Summit was organised by the Italian Presidency of the G7 and was also attended by seven Bar Associations.
The initiative was aimed at developing a common strategy and reinforcing the importance of protecting human dignity and the right to privacy in the era of hate speech and fake news.
In his intervention, Giovanni Buttarelli stressed the importance of political will, a common framework and the wise use of new technologies.

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Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: Resilience, Deterrence and Defence: Building strong cybersecurity for the EU

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Public access to documents – Confirmatory application No 19c/01/17

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Council Decision on the open data policy of the Council and the reuse of Council documents

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