About: Google tax

#Media4EU 15-03-2017

European media ‘deeply regrets’ EU plans to ditch search engine payouts

European media groups voiced concern Tuesday (14 March) that the European Union could ditch plans to force search engines like Google to pay them when their content is used.

Austrian chancellor launches bid to win back voters from far right

Austrian centre-left Chancellor Christian Kern yesterday (11 January) launched a bid to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), presenting a 10-year plan focused on creating jobs, boosting public investment and taxing multinationals.

Digital 14-09-2016

Commission pushes controversial ‘Google tax’ to save news publishers

EU plans to charge internet companies for linking to online news were presented today (14 September) after a heated, two-year-long fight over whether the “Google tax” will help publishers stay profitable—or simply be overzealous regulation that could "break the internet".

Digital 06-05-2016

Commission’s digital single market turns one and has a big seven months ahead

The European Commission's digital single market strategy turns one year old today. With seven months left in the 16-point policy plan, the executive has only scratched the surface.

Digital 07-04-2016

Making a bad idea worse: Commission disguises ‘Google tax’ for publishers

The European Commission launched yet another consultation on copyright last month, and this one could result in a 'Google tax' for news. Europe needs to avoid that, writes Diana Cocoru.

Digital 07-04-2016

Fight over ‘Google tax’ brews ahead of autumn copyright proposal

EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced that the executive will propose its new copyright law in September or October. But, in the interim, ferocious debate is raging over whether it should include a controversial 'Google tax'.

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip and Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger
Digital 12-02-2016

Commission still undecided on ‘Google tax’

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip sent a letter to MEPs today (12 February) insisting that the European Commission still hasn't decided whether it will include a so-called 'Google tax' in its upcoming copyright proposal.

EU Commissioner of the Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger. [EC]
Digital 29-10-2014

Oettinger floats proposal for EU-wide ‘Google-tax’

Günther Oettinger, the EU's incoming Digital Commissioner, has announced plans to reform existing copyright laws within one year, indicating the likely addition of an EU "Google-tax", similar to that applicable in Germany. EURACTIV.de reports.

Campaign against Spain's canon AEDE law: "Linking is not a crime" [Miguel Angel Aranda (Viper)/Flickr]
Digital 01-08-2014

Spanish law raises concerns of EU-level ‘Google Tax’

Spanish newspaper publishers could soon demand fees from news aggregators like Google News for posting links to their articles. The law is the latest in a series of similar initiatives by national legislators, leaving EU stakeholders wondering if the Commission will follow suit with EU law.

Digital 28-05-2014

Experts reject Google Tax, back VAT move against Amazon

There should no specific tax regime for online companies, experts Wednesday (28 May) told the European Commission, dealing a blow to supporters of an EU-wide “Google Tax,” targeted at the digital sector.

Languages & Culture 02-11-2012

A Google tax to support the ailing press?

Closing the loopholes in tax laws that unfairly benefit Google must be clearly distinguished from the discussion of possible support to the ailing press, writes Jan Malinowski.