CCIA Welcomes EU’s Positive Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission published today a Communication on “Maximising the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence for Europe”, aimed at boosting Europe’s technology and industrial capacity, preparing for socio-economic changes and ensuring an appropriate ethical and legal framework. Among many different initiatives, the Commission intends to reinforce the support for research and innovation in…

CCIA Welcomes Objectives of EU E-Evidence Proposals, Encourages Further Improvements

Brussels, Belgium – The European Commission today issued its package to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence. The package includes two legislative proposals, including a “Regulation on cross-border access to e-Evidence” and a “Directive on appointing a Legal Representative”. The proposals require online service providers to respond to data production and preservation orders issued by…

European High Court Issues Ruling Impacting Digital Single Market, EU Member States

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled on the question of whether France needed to notify the European Commission before passing a law impacting Europe’s Digital Single Market (DSM). Under EU rules, Member States must communicate to the Commission any draft technical regulations that relate to the taking-up or…

EU Digital Tax Proposal Is Discriminatory And Harmful to Europe’s Digital Economy

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today presented a package of digital tax proposals. The package contains two legislative proposals, including a Directive introducing “an interim tax on certain revenue from digital activities.” This controversial digital services tax will be set at 3% of companies’ gross revenues from making available advertisement space, intermediation services and…

Event: CCIA Press Briefing Tuesday On EU Digital Taxation Proposals

The European Commission is scheduled to present a package of digital tax legislative proposals on Wednesday, March 21.  The package will include two Directives: The first Directive will introduce new principles for taxation of digital activities, eg. through user engagement and contributions to a platform. The second Directive targeted at online platforms’ online advertisement or…

CCIA welcomes OECD’s report, warns against unilateral EU digital tax

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its “Interim Report on Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalisation” this afternoon. The report will be discussed at the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors starting Monday in Buenos Aires. The OECD report touches on the European Commission’s proposals on digital…

New EU Recommendation on Illegal Content Online Undermines Online Rights and Harms Europe’s Tech Economy

Brussels — The European Commission has published a Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online today. The Recommendation was presented despite the Commission’s commitment to continue its dialogue with relevant stakeholders until at least May 2018 and without reference to any major incidents justifying such a hurry. While not legally binding, this Recommendation…