CCIA Welcomes Countries’ Commitment to Achieve Global Tax Reform in 2020, Warns against Unilateral Taxes

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the OECD Secretariat published the Statement by the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy. In the document “members of the Inclusive Framework affirm their commitment to reach an agreement on a consensus-based solution by the end of 2020.”  They intend “to reach…

CCIA Welcomes Suspension of France’s Digital Tax, Encourages Global Tax Reform

Brussels, BELGIUM — According to news reports French President Emmanuel Macron has an agreement with the United States to pause collection of the French digital tax until the end of this year. This would mean no U.S. retaliatory tariffs on French exports and more attention to advance ongoing international tax negotiations. More than 140 nations,…

CCIA shares Artificial Intelligence recommendations with European Commission leaders

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has sent a letter to the European Commission with its recommendations for the EU’s forthcoming AI framework. CCIA urged that the EU framework ensures that AI will be truly beneficial to European consumers, businesses, researchers and governments. CCIA Vice President Christian Borggreen recommended targeted regulatory intervention…

CCIA Welcomes Advocate General Opinion on Validity of EU Data Flow Instrument

Brussels, BELGIUM — Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe has issued a non-binding opinion in response to a case involving data transfers that are used to process information like credit card transactions or insurance claims. The case examined whether so-called Standard Contractual Clauses provide sufficient protection to EU citizens’ data when transferred outside the European Union. Standard…

New Research Find That The Internet Boosts Growth For Legacy Music Industry

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a white paper that compiles various studies and data showing digital distribution helped grow profits for artists and companies. Senior Manager for CCIA Europe Victoria de Posson, who authored the paper, said that statistics on online subscription and revenue growth show online distribution is providing…

CCIA Welcomes USTR Conclusion that French Digital Tax Discriminates Against U.S. Tech

Washington — The United States Trade Representative announced the findings of the first stage of its investigation into France’s Digital Services Tax under Section 301 of the Trade Act. The report concludes that the DST “discriminates against U.S. companies, is inconsistent with prevailing principles of international tax policy, and is unusually burdensome for affected U.S.…

USTR Announces Plans To Issue Report On French Digital Tax Next Week

Washington — The United States Trade Representative issued an update Wednesday on its Section 301 investigation into the French digital tax, saying the report would be issued Monday. This follows a reported 90 day pause between U.S. and French officials reached alongside the G7 Summit earlier this year.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed…

CCIA Welcomes the European Parliament’s Confirmation Vote on New European Commission

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Parliament formally approved the new European Commissioners. The new Commission, led by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will take office on December 1 for a five year term. The Computer & Communications Industry Association recently offered recommendations on how technology can help solve Europe’s major societal challenges. The…