Baltic Competition Law Conference, Vilnius, 10 October 2017
Update: A meeting report is now available.
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations aim to reach a plurilateral agreement among those WTO members willing to open markets further on services ranging from financial services and e-commerce to maritime transport. The consultants carrying out this study are the consortium ECORYS/CEPR. The interim report was published in February 2017.
The European Commission has concluded that Luxembourg granted undue tax benefits to Amazon of around €250 million. This is illegal under EU State aid rules because it allowed Amazon to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Luxembourg must now recover the illegal aid.
Update: The agenda includes items related to environment, digital and transport policy.
The Commission estimates that the detriment to consumers caused by non-compliance with basic EU consumer rules in certain cross-border online markets and also by inefficient cross-border enforcement amounts to €770 million per year. To remedy this, the Commission has presented a legislative proposal to review the existing rules on consumer protection cooperation between enforcement authorities as part of its e-commerce package in May 2016. The aim is to clarify the rules and to give more powers to national enforcement authorities, most importantly to enable them to address unlawful online practices and improve coordination among them. Stakeholders have, in general, welcomed the move to improve cooperation between enforcement authorities and the European Economic and Social Committee in its opinion of 19 October 2016 supported the proposal. The Maltese Council Presidency reached a general approach in February 2017, while the Parliament’s IMCO committee adopted its report in March 2017 and also gave its negotiating team a mandate to negotiate with the Council. Fourth edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.
“In some ways, the current paper processes are like fossil fuel – they have formed over generations of people and lawmakers, getting more complex over time, more and more political compromises weaved in them as the bureaucracies grow,” said President Kaljulaid at the opening of the Tallinn Digital Summit.