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Digital 30-07-2020

Vestager calls for EU-US ‘common vision’ on platform competition policy

Worldwide jurisdictions and particularly the EU and the US should formulate "common visions" on how best to regulate competition in the platform economy, the Commission's digital chief Margrethe Vestager has said.
Digital 30-07-2020

Facebook accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics in US antitrust hearing 

Social media giant Facebook has come in for heavy criticism as part of a US congressional hearing into the dominance of online tech platforms, being accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics as part of its history in acquiring smaller...
Digital 28-07-2020

Commission eyes US GAFA hearing for future competition challenges

The heads of US tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple are set to testify in a US congressional hearing on Wednesday (29 July) as part of an ongoing probe into the dominance of digital platforms. For the EU, the hearing could provide a valuable insight into how to address competition challenges in the digital economy.
Digital 19-06-2020

France slams ‘provocation’ as US halts digital tax talks

France and the US locked horns Thursday (18 June) over taxing digital giants such as Google and Facebook, after Washington said it was breaking off talks aimed at establishing a global framework for making the companies pay larger levies where they operate.
Digital 27-05-2020

Commission mulls digital tax to fund Europe’s multi-billion euro recovery 

The European Commission is considering bringing back Europe-wide plans for a digital services tax in order to finance the bloc's €750 billion recovery fund, the executive said on Wednesday (27 May).
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2019

US vows 100% tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags over digital tax

The US government on Monday (2 November) said it may slap punitive duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion in imports from France of Champagne, handbags, cheese and other products, after concluding that France's new digital services tax would harm US tech companies.
Digital 30-09-2019

EU ready to act alone on digital tax if no global deal in 2020

European Union commissioners-designate said the bloc should agree on a digital tax if no deal on the matter was reached at a global level by the end of next year, ramping up pressure on multinationals accused of paying too little.
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.
Digital 12-07-2019

Trump rips tech firms at ‘free speech’ summit

President Donald Trump welcomed prominent conservative social media provocateurs to the White House on Thursday (11 July) and said that along with himself, they are being treated unfairly by big tech firms, which he says suppress conservative voices.
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2019

In Fukuoka, EU to focus on trade tensions at G20, seek tax on digital firms

Resolving global trade tensions must be a top priority to preserve an expected modest rebound in global growth, European Union finance ministers will tell G20 counterparts this week amid an escalating US-Chinese trade conflict.
Data protection 05-04-2019

Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics

EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday (4 April).
Digital 03-01-2019

2019 LOOKAHEAD: Towards a ‘Techno-ethics’

2019 is likely to prove the dawn of a 'Techno-ethics' in which consumers will expect their rights to be respected in the digital realm as they are in everyday life and legislators will oblige tech giants to play by the same rules as the wider industry.
Digital 19-10-2018

‘Enough excuses!’ France’s Le Maire grows impatient over digital tax

Europe has talked long enough about whether to make internet giants like Google, Apple and Facebook pay more taxes and it is time for a decision, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday (18 October).
EU Elections 2019 04-10-2018

Margrethe Vestager’s uncertain future in Brussels

Four years spent fighting against the monopoly of the US digital giants have given Margrethe Vestager political prominence. But due to a lack of support from Copenhagen for a second mandate, the competition Commissioner is expected to leave Brussels after the elections. EURACTIV France reports.
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.
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Digital 14-09-2018

French applaud EU copyright reform vote

Whether they are citizens, politicians, businesses or civil society, the European copyright reform approved in Strasbourg has received unwavering support in France. EURACTIV France reports.
#Media4EU 11-09-2018

EU copyright war ‘a shame’, says big tech lobby

Tech giants and open-internet activists, not always natural bedfellows, are fighting a proposed copyright law that returns for approval at the European Parliament on Wednesday (12 September).
Economy & Jobs 10-09-2018

Europeans want to give authors better protection against GAFA companies

Various lobby groups are bringing out the big guns ahead of this week's second vote on copyright reform in the European Parliament. According to a Harris Interactive poll, the overwhelming majority of European citizens want to give authors better protection.
Digital 07-09-2018

Germany rocks the European consensus on the ‘Google tax’

The “Google tax” will return to the EU finance ministers’ agenda on 7 September. However, whereas France and Spain are arguing in favour of the European plan, Germany seems to be hindering its adoption. EURACTIV France reports.
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