CCIA Asks USTR To Prioritize Digital Trade As Barriers To European Markets Grow

Washington — As trade barriers with the European Union grow, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments to USTR on priorities for a potential trade agreement with the EU. CCIA welcomes the prospect of a holistic trade agreement with the EU to further the strong transatlantic relationship and encouraged USTR to use its achievements…

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…

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…

CCIA Members Support Customer Safety Across Europe

Brussels, BELGIUM — The world’s leading e-commerce companies today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Online Product Safety in a process facilitated by Vĕra Jourová, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. CCIA members signing today’s agreement include Amazon, eBay and Rakuten-France.   The memo builds on the existing safeguards already introduced by…

Supreme Court Opens Floodgates to Internet Extraterritorial Taxation in 5-4 Vote

Washington — The Supreme Court has issued a ruling permitting states to tax e-commerce providers outside their own borders. The case, pitting South Dakota against Wayfair, Overstock.com, and Newegg, was a closely watched dispute over whether these companies would have to collect taxes based on the hundreds of jurisdictions where their customers might live. While…

Court of Justice of the EU Delivers Judgment In Coty Germany Case on Online Marketplace Bans

Brussels, BELGIUM —  The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the Coty Germany case (Case C-230/16). The case deals with contractual provisions a producer of luxury cosmetics imposed on his authorized retailer, prohibiting the latter the sale of products on open online marketplaces. The key question in this case is…

Does Competition Law Need an Update for Online Markets? Hot Topics, Trends and Perspectives in Competition Policy

On November 30, CCIA, the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host a joint conference discussing some of today’s most frequently asked questions: Does competition law enforcement require an update for online markets? How well does enforcement work in internet markets and is there a need to get better at factoring…