Press Release: Investment Plan: €27 million in EU financing for Finnish software company M-Files

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €27 million financing agreement with software company M-Files from Tampere, Finland. The loan was made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), central pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe, which was launched by the EIB Group and the European Commission to boost the competitiveness of the European economy. This operation is the EIB’s largest commitment in the Finnish IT sector for years. With these funds, the rapidly growing company aims to revolutionise the way organisations manage and use information, making it more intelligent, intuitive and compliant.

EP JURI Committee Opinion on the legal basis of the proposal establishing a single digital gateway to provide information, procedures, assistance and problem solving services

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Monitoring Industrial Strategy – Indicator Framework regarding Industrial Competitiveness

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Press Release: Udo Bullmann: Google must play by the EU rules when in the EU market. No company is above EU law

S&Ds welcomed today the decision of the European Commission to impose a €4.3 billion penalty on Google for abusing its dominant position in the Android operating system for mobile phones.

Agenda: EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (6 September 2018)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1021 of 18 July 2018 on the adoption of technical standards and formats necessary for the operation of the automated matching through the common IT platform using the European classification and the interoperability between national systems and the European classification

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1020 of 18 July 2018 on the adoption and updating of the list of skills, competences and occupations of the European classification for the purpose of automated matching through the EURES common IT platform

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Press Release: Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search.

A draft code of practice on online disinformation

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (Recast)

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

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (25 July 2018)

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Draft Report: EP ITRE Committee on establishing the Digital Europe programme for the period 2021-2027

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Draft Opinion: EP CULT Committee on establishing the Digital Europe programme for the period 2021-2027

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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.

EU networks must work together: broadband is crucial for the future of agriculture

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 June 2018)

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Public consultation on a new online platform for public access to documents held by the Commission

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Open source software for legislation drafting: What we are working on and why we need your feedback

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UPDATED – Agenda: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (21 – 22 June 2018)

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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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UPDATED – Report: EP JURI Committee on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (3 September 2018)

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