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Elections 30-04-2018

Macron digital tax plan faces EU rebuff

French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious plans for an EU digital tax targeting US tech giants such as Google or Facebook faced strong headwinds on Saturday (28 April), provoking anger from Paris.
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.
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Agrifood 06-04-2018

Brazilian biofuel producers oppose further deforestation of the Amazon

The Brazilian Senate is considering lifting a ban on sugarcane production for ethanol fuel in the Amazon. The plan, supported by the country's president, has sparked protests from environmentalists and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2018

Moscovici asks tech industry to be ‘part of the solution’ before digital tax proposal

Pierre Moscovici, the EU Tax Commissioner, warned a tech industry conference on Tuesday (20 February) that he is determined to introduce new legislation to tax digital companies next month.

EU denounces ‘shocking’ Paradise Papers revelations

The European Union on Monday (6 November) denounced the "shocking" revelations on the way top companies and dignitaries, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, avoid taxes using offshore wealth hubs.
Competition 04-10-2017

Commission orders Amazon to pay €250 million in back taxes

The European Commission ordered Luxembourg on Wednesday (4 October) to recover unpaid taxes worth around €250 million from the online sales giant Amazon, saying the country had granted Amazon's European arm "undue tax benefit" by allowing it to shift profits to a tax-exempt shell company.
Digital 26-09-2017

Tech industry sounds alarm over draft online payment rules

Twenty-seven e-commerce companies and lobby groups have asked the European Commission to change a draft proposal to regulate payment services, arguing that additional security measures will drive shoppers away from online platforms.
Economy & Jobs 13-09-2017

Estonia pushes fair taxation plan for web giants in Europe

A precondition for making online companies such as Amazon and Google pay taxes where they are due is to affirm the principle of "virtual permanent establishment", whereby digital firms pay taxes in countries where they have a "significant digital presence", said EU presidency holder Estonia.
Digital 13-09-2017

E-commerce platforms face new VAT liability rules

Online retailers such as Amazon could come under tighter scrutiny and be forced to collect VAT from companies whose items they sell, according to new changes that EU member states made to a draft bill.
Agrifood 28-08-2017

Amazon starts price war on organic foods

Amazon announced discounts on “Whole Foods” products, soon after US antitrust authority and Whole Foods shareholders authorized the e-commerce giant to acquire the specialty organic foods chain. EURACTIV's partner Italia Oggi reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2017

Amazon AI chief: We don’t need a ‘kill switch’ for ‘smart’ machines

Ralf Herbrich is one of the three masterminds behind Amazon’s artificial intelligence, the secret formula responsible for the exponential growth of the company that has revolutionised the world of commerce.
The Counter Extremism Project says Twitter needs to take responsibility for radical groups using the platform
Digital 10-05-2017

Online platforms face EU regulation on transparency and business contracts

Internet platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon Marketplace face regulation over their contracts with other businesses by the end of the year, under possible new EU legislation announced today (10 May).
Competition 30-03-2017

Luxury brands’ attempt to ban online sales goes before EU court

Europe's top court will begin a landmark case today (30 March) that could determine whether luxury goods companies can stop retailers from selling their products via marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay.
Digital 21-03-2017

Deal in sight for Amazon in e-books case against EU

An imminent commitments decision in the Amazon e-books case would help both parties avoid an escalation which would be in neither of their interests, according to sector experts. EURACTIV’s partner PaRR reports.
Digital 27-01-2017

Chinese messaging app WeChat courts European business for ad sales and e-commerce

Messaging and e-commerce app WeChat is courting European businesses to advertise and sell to its more than 700 million users in China.
Euro & Finance 16-09-2016

Vestager: ‘We have Amazon and McDonald’s in the pipeline’

EXCLUSIVE / Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition Commissioner, has drawn praise and criticism regarding the Ireland-Apple case. In an interview with EURACTIV.fr, she says Ireland’s appeal will actually strengthen the Commission’s case and says more tax rulings are in the pipeline, with Amazon and McDonald's coming next.
Digital 25-05-2016

Google’s new system raises fresh privacy concerns

EXCLUSIVE / Germany's data protection commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, has urged caution when it comes to Google Home and Amazon Echo: the companies' flagship voice command services. EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Digital 26-04-2016

Commission wants to regulate US-dominated online platform market

Amid controversy over the European Commission's increased scrutiny of American technology companies, the EU executive will propose new rules regulating online platforms, according to a leaked draft document obtained by EURACTIV.com.
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Digital 18-01-2016

Vestager says EU will eye ‘big data’ concerns in merger probes

The European Union plans to take a harder look at whether the collection of vast troves of consumer data by big internet companies violates competition rules, competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Sunday (17 January).
Euro & Finance 01-12-2015

EU lawmakers’ panel seeks stronger tax-dodging rules from regulators

A panel of EU lawmakers stepped up pressure on the bloc's regulators on Tuesday (1 December), urging them to come up with concrete rules to clamp down on tax-dodging based on proposals from a special tax committee.
Public Affairs 17-11-2015

Google, Facebook and Amazon forced to face MEPs’ tax questions

Some 11 multinationals gave patchy responses to questions on their tax practices from the MEPs of the special committee on tax rulings (TAXE) on Monday, ending months of procrastination. EURACTIV France reports

European start-ups catching up with Silicon Valley

Recent studies of European start-ups have found companies thriving in an increasingly favourable business environment, distinguishing themselves from their American competitors. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 05-11-2015

Remember the fifth of November: Gunpowder, treason and tax?

This 5 November will not just be the anniversary of an attempt to destroy the Houses of Parliament, but also the anniversary of Luxleaks, write Elena Gaita and Alex Johnson. 

Facebook and Google to be grilled by MEPs over tax

In a last minute move, Facebook and Google announced Friday (23 October) that they will appear before the European Parliament next month to be grilled by MEPs on their controversial tax arrangements, Parliament officials said.