ECA examined whether the European Commission has established a sound regulatory and control framework for e-commerce with regard to the collection of VAT and customs duties, and whether Member States’ control measures help ensure the complete collection of VAT and customs duties on e-commerce. The report found that despite recent positive developments the EU is not currently dealing adequately with these issues but have addressed some of the weaknesses identified with the “e-commerce package”.
ECA makes a number of recommendations as to how the European Commission and the Member States should better address the challenges identified and establish a sound regulatory and control framework.
The European Commission announced today that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law. This follows the call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities in July 2018.
On Tuesday 16 July 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the EU action to tackle VAT fraud and collect customs duties on e-commerce.
It is however obliged to provide those consumers with a means of communication allowing them to contact it quickly and to communicate with it efficiently.
By Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, and Salma Jalife Villalón, Undersecretary of Communications, Government of Mexico
After the EU’s recent announcement of its new strategy on Latin America, the EU-Mexico dialogue was a great opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the strategic partnership between the EU and Mexico and to reflect on the common values that we share on key issues of global concern, like climate change, free trade, human rights and disarmament. It was also a chance to welcome the reaching of an “agreement in principle” between the European Union and Mexico on the main trade parts of a new EU-Mexico Global Agreement, and to confirm the commitment to conclude it as soon as possible. It will provide a comprehensive and up-to-date framework for our relations.
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo joined Prime Minister Abe and other G20 leaders at a side event during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, to discuss the importance of the digital economy and the ongoing negotiations at the WTO, under the Joint Initiative on E-commerce.