e-Commerce

Data protection 04-12-2019

Should the EU embrace artificial intelligence, or fear it?

Advances in machine learning are progressing rapidly, and governments are struggling to keep up. The EU has emerged as the world’s regulator in this space, but some fear it's stifling European innovation.
Digital 03-12-2019

We will ‘react as one’, EU tells US over French digital tax dispute

The European Commission wants to settle the latest trade dispute with the US over the French digital tax “amicably”, but warned that the bloc will “react as one” if Washington slaps tariffs on Paris.
Data protection 23-10-2019

Why the EU leads in digital regulation, but lags in digital innovation

In its efforts to harmonise the digital legislation of its 28 countries, the European Union has accidentally become the world’s digital regulator – while ceding ground to other digital innovators.
Digital 26-08-2019

French minister eager to hold e-commerce platforms to account for VAT fraud

France's minister of public action and accounts, Gérald Darmanin, wants to reform VAT collection for e-commerce platforms. The French minister also wishes to draw inspiration from the EU's tax haven blacklist to establish a similar one for fraudulent platforms. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Data protection 21-08-2019

Tech giants under pressure in the US

About twenty US states are worried about the monopolistic tendencies of tech giants, and are close to launching a joint antitrust investigation next month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday (19 August). EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Digital 14-01-2019

French investigation shines light on Amazon mass destruction of goods

The global e-commerce giant Amazon has been hit with claims that it has destroyed up to three million unsold products from French warehouses over the past year. The news comes a week after Amazon became the world's most valuable public company in terms of market value.
Digital 11-01-2019

Cryptoasset investors exposed to substantial risks, two EU reports find

Cryptoassets are dangerously unregulated and may give rise to criminal activities, according to two recent assessments published by the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).
Digital 07-12-2018

MEPs back fair-play rules for platforms and operating systems

MEPs backed rules to force online platforms to be more transparent and fair to business clients on Thursday (6 December), with some members voicing frustration at the fact that operating systems are to be included in the scope of the regulation.
Digital 29-11-2018

Ministers adopt position on P2B draft regulation as MEPs tussle over common approach

EU ministers adopted a common approach on the platform-to-business regulation on Thursday (29 November), with progress in the Council contrasting with internal divisions amongst MEPs in the European Parliament.
Digital 22-11-2018

Visa, Mastercard offer tourist card fee cut in EU antitrust probe

Visa and Mastercard have offered to trim the fees merchants pay on card payments by tourists in the European Union in an attempt to stave off possible fines after a long-running antitrust investigation, people familiar with the matter said.
Digital 22-11-2018

‘Operating systems’ debate hinders progress on P2B file, MEPs say

Platforms should not be allowed to use their operating systems to "avoid rules" when it comes to the platform-to-business (P2B) regulation, MEPs in European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee said on Wednesday (21 October).
Digital 30-10-2018

UK takes lead in digital tax standoff but diverts from EU plans

The UK is to roll out a digital services tax (DST) for tech giants from April 2020 in a move that breaks an international stalemate on the subject. The rates, however, differ substantially from the EU’s own DST plans.
Digital 28-09-2018

EU regulators want to know if merchants hurt by Amazon copies

EU antitrust regulators are asking retailers and manufacturers whether Amazon’s sales of own brand products similar to theirs have harmed their business, a move which could lead to a formal case and possibly fines against the U.S. tech giant.
Competition 24-09-2018

After attacking Google, Vestager now turns to Amazon

The European Commission suspects the e-commerce giant of using the data it collects from third-party vendors on its marketplace to gain a commercial advantage. An article by our partner, La Tribune.
Digital 22-08-2018

Chancellor Merkel’s digital gurus

In Germany, a ten-member committee takes up its work to speed up the country's digitization efforts and ask uncomfortable questions. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.
Data protection 25-05-2018

GDPR: EU’s new data protection rules come into effect

The European Union's new data protection laws came into effect on Friday (25 May), with Brussels saying the changes will protect consumers from being like "people naked in an aquarium".
Digital 26-04-2018

Online platforms under fire as EU pushes for transparency on search results

Online platforms ranging from ecommerce retailers like Amazon to search engines including Google will be forced to reveal the criteria they use to display search results, under a new European Commission proposal.
Digital 22-03-2018

EU plans to pull ‘free’ digital services under consumer protection rules

EXCLUSIVE / Digital services that collect users’ data, like Facebook and Gmail, will be pulled under EU consumer protection rules as part of a European Commission overhaul due next month. Possible sanctions will be raised to up to 4% of a company's turnover.
Economy & Jobs 16-03-2018

OECD report stokes last-minute criticism of EU digital tax plan

The OECD warned on Friday (16 March) against the European Commission’s plan to propose a new tax next week targeting digital companies, arguing that it may cause economic distortion and raise business costs.
Digital 07-02-2018

European Parliament bans geo-blocking for e-commerce

The new legislation approved by European Parliament requires websites to sell their goods throughout the EU regardless of the country the buyer resides in. It could apply to online cultural content like music streaming and ebooks within two years. EURACTIV.fr reports
Digital 21-11-2017

Negotiators agree to end geoblocking in move ahead on EU ecommerce files

MEPs, member states and the European Commission agreed on a compromise deal to end geoblocking restrictions, a move that will force e-commerce businesses to sell to shoppers around the EU regardless of what country they live in.
Competition 20-10-2017

Taxing the digital economy could slow progress on tax harmonisation

The issue of taxing the digital economy could undermine efforts for harmonising fiscal rules in Europe. Unless member states kill two birds with one stone. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 04-10-2017

Notaries turn blockchain into ally for digital transactions

Once feared as a technology that would make legal practitioners redundant, blockchain has now actually strengthened the role of notaries as interpreters of complex transactions, best illustrated by the convoluted issue of land registries.
Digital 27-09-2017

Vestager: We will ‘actively’ watch Google’s remedies

Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said on Wednesday (27 September) that the institution would “actively monitor” a set of remedies proposed by Google to open up its shopping service to competitors as from tomorrow.

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