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Committee Bulletin: Public Affairs 3Q17

The ERA Public Affairs Committee discusses current national and European public affairs issues and define ERA Europe's position on them.

From the Public Affairs committee.

ERA Europe joined EMOTA, the European eCommerce and Omni-Channel Association

During the 2017 €lectronic Home Shopping Conference, ERA Europe joined EMOTA, the European eCommerce and Omni-Channel Association. With the goal of optimising our information sources in Brussels, ERA Europe has adopted a 3-pronged approach: firstly we needed more resources so we employed Teresa Hackner for Public Affairs in 2016, then we set the agenda with the ERA Europe white paper. Joining EMOTA is the third and last step to have a perfect source of information in Brussels. A further benefit is that we can now also use EMOTA's vast political network in Brussels - see press release.

To learn more about EMOTA see Maurits Bruggink's article in this newsletter

The most important Public Affairs issues are:

  • Brexit

  • AVMS

  • e-privacy

  • Regulatory Technical Standard for Strong Customer Authentification.

  • Cross Border Parcel Delivery

  • Consumer Protection Cooperation

  • GeoBlocking

European Commission proposes far-reaching reform of the EU VAT system

Brussels, 4 October 2017

The European Commission has launched plans for the biggest reform of EU VAT rules in a quarter of a century. The reboot would improve and modernise the system for governments and businesses alike. Overall, over €150 billion of VAT is lost every year, meaning that Member States miss out on revenue that could be used for schools, roads and healthcare. Of this, around €50 billion - or €100 per EU citizen each year - is estimated to be due to cross-border VAT fraud. This money can be used to finance criminal organisations, including terrorism. It is estimated that this sum would be reduced by 80% with the proposed reform.

Commission reports on the public consultation on the SMP Guidelines

Brussels, 5 October 2017

The Commission has just published results of the public consultation related to the review of Guidelines on market analysis and significant market power (SMP Guidelines).

The public consultation on the review of the SMP Guidelines ran from 27th March - 26th June 2017. The consultation aimed at gathering input on the need to update individual sections of the SMP Guidelines, in particular on market definition, single and joint SMP, regulatory obligations and procedural issues. 54 stakeholders from 22 EU countries provided their views.

Customs Decisions

As of 2 October 2017, the transitional arrangements for applying for customs decisions will end and economic operators will have to introduce all new applications for customs decisions or authorisations electronically and according to the new UCC requirements. 

The European Commission and EU Member States have designed a new "Customs Decisions System" for this purpose, based upon an IT architecture containing both national and EU common components.

Geo-blocking, creating a digital consumer market

The Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament published a report on geo-blocking. It summarizes the discussions that were held during the last meeting of the IMCO Working Group on the Digital Single Market. Find here the Study “Completing the Digital Single Market for European Consumers and Citizens: Tackling Geo-blocking in the EU

The ePrivacy Regulation is ‘like a bad movie’

London, Brussels 10 Oct 2017

As part of their work on the ePrivacy Regulation, FEDMA developed with other European trade associations, including the DMA, a communication campaign named #LikeABadMovie. The Communication campaign was launched last week, and has been published on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

The campaign consists of 4 movie trailers showing how the ePrivacy Regulation can be damaging for the digital advertising industry and have repercussion on innovation, free press and consumers. The campaign also include an alternative ending suggesting how the ePrivacy can be improved, and a website.

Here you can find short description of each video (which can be used for posting and sharing) as well as a link to the video for downloading the content.

or go directly to the movie: