New EU Digital Tax Proposal Raises New Concerns, Broad Support for Global Reform

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Finance Ministers were unable to decide on the EU Digital Services tax (DST) proposal at today’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting due to a last-minute French-German compromise text. The new text would limit the tax to advertisement activities and would allow Member States to introduce a broader tax base in…

CCIA, Tech Trade Associations Raise Concerns About Europe’s Terrorist Content Online Proposal

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association along with 8 other tech trade associations today sent an open letter to European Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs. The letter urges the European Council to take the necessary time to thoughtfully address outstanding concerns in the draft Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist…

European Finance Ministers Should Focus on Global Tax Reform, Not Unilateral Actions

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Finance Ministers are meeting in Brussels tomorrow, Tuesday, for the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting where they will consider the EU Digital Services Tax (DST) proposal.  The DST would levy a 3% tax on certain so-called digital companies’ turnover.  It would apply from January 2022. G20 leaders this weekend…

G-20 Summit Offers Opportunities To De-Escalate Tensions

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association calls on U.S. officials to use the upcoming Group of 20 Summit to improve relations and reduce tensions with trade partners. Leaders of the world’s biggest economies will be meeting Friday and Saturday in Argentina to discuss a range of economic issues. Officials should take heed of…

EU Member States Reach Political Agreement on the ‘Platform-to-Business’ Regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM —  Today EU Member States reached a political agreement on the Council’s position on the ‘platform-to-business’ (P2B) Regulation. The adoption of the so-called ‘general approach’ is the first key step towards the final negotiation and adoption of the Regulation by Council and the European Parliament. The European Parliament has yet to adopt its…

CCIA Submits Comments On Copyright Directive To EU Institutions

Brussels, BELGIUM — CCIA and trade associations from across the EU submitted comments on the copyright Directive proposal to EU institutions, to highlight some key nuances, which we believe should be taken into account for any final compromise text to be workable in practice. The joint letter asks that publishers be able to chose whether their content…

CCIA Calls For An EU-U.S. CLOUD Act Framework Agreement

Brussels — On November 8-9, an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting will address, among other issues, cross-border law enforcement access to digital evidence for the purpose of criminal investigation and prosecution. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports talks on a transatlantic framework, which would facilitate European and U.S. law enforcement access to…

CCIA Welcomes Election of First Woman To Serve As One of ITU’s Top Elected Officials

Washington — Doreen Bogdan-Martin has just been elected Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of International Telecommunications Union. She will become the first woman to serve as one of ITU’s top elected officials when she begins in her role on 1 January 2019.  She has been the ITU’s Chief of strategy and membership development for…

CCIA Welcomes EU-US Privacy Shield Review

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the second joint EU-U.S. Privacy Shield review which took place on Thursday and Friday this week. The Privacy Shield framework allows companies to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States while ensuring adequate protection of European citizens’ data. This second annual…