Press Release: Digital single market: creating opportunities for European companies

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Series Details 19.05.15
Publication Date 19/05/2015
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Following the presentation by the European Commission of its Digital Single Market strategy on 6 May 2015, and before the European Council discusses it on 25-26 June, the European Parliament decided to hold a debate on this policy package on 19 May with the presence the European Commissioner Andrus Ansip and to announce its own-initiative report on the digital market.

One of the discussed topics was the VAT reduction for e-books, with MEPs asking for quick reform and the European Commission stating to no reform would take place before 2016. A judgment from the European Court of Justice had recently convicted France and Luxembourg for reducing the VAT on digital books unilaterally.

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ESO: Background information: A Digital Single Market for Europe: Commission sets out 16 initiatives to make it happen
European Commission: DG Communication: RAPID: SPEECH/15/4999, 19.05.15: Vice-President Ansip: Making the Digital Single Market a reality
EurActiv, 20.05.15: Ansip denies ‘rumours’ of encryption backdoors in EU’s digital plan
EurActiv, 20.05.15: MEPs demand urgent VAT reduction for e-books
Politico, 27.05.15: Parliament power struggle over DSM
VoteWatch Europe, 29.05.15: How will MEPs shape EU copyright law?
EurActiv, 24.09.15: Lawmakers rebuke US 'digital protectionism' charges

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