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Is there any specific topic you would like to see discussed at the workshop?

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The European Commission is eager to receive your feedback for this year's Digital Agenda Assembly. This platform is your chance to submit your ideas, your recommendations and relevant data/cases you think the Commission should be looking at. Workshop 7's will focus on how to value in the Digital Single Market with a two-fold objective: to look at improving eCommerce for SMEs while examining how to attract investors and reach consumers on New Digital platforms. It is on these two areas of policy that we would like to hear your say. More specifically, together, we would like to narrow these two broad area down to a shortlist of relevant aspects of policy. What are the most important aspects for you? What are the priorities Europe should tackle first?

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A Single Digital Market should have a single price for mobile voice calls from anywhere in the market to anywhere in the market, especially if you are on the same network. Stop the roaming rip-off.
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Is "single pricing" an issue you think should be applied to other industries of the economy or is it something you think mainly affects the telecommunications sector?
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There is a difference between fair pricing and total rip offs. The EU should make sure there is a sensible balance.

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Agree totally, and although roaming charges have been improved there is still plenty of scope for further improvement. The different companies need their heads banging together.

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In my work I speak to hundreds of SMEs in rural areas. The problem for them all is not being able to access a fit for purpose, affordable, fast connection to the internet. I hope this will be addressed at the assembly, as it is the main reason many don't go online. It costs the country millions in lost revenue every year.

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Several companies I know have a head office in one EU Member State but personnel contribute to the development of products and services from several Member States. These products and services are subsequently sold in several Member States. Liability to and payment of VAT is exceedingly complex. If cross border trade is to be simplified simplification of VAT issues would be a good starting point.
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I highly appreciated the work that was done by the EU Media Futures Forum last September, when the final report was published (https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/sites/digital-agenda/files/forum_fin...), I think the working group has done a very good job at identifying opportunities and challenges arising on the new market. However, there is a hot topic that no one ever mentions, which I would like to submit to this forum for discussion, concerning the scarce investments made by major new-media players in Europe. In my opinion, governments should put their foot down and refuse to let big internet companies set their agenda concerning the regulation of the media industry, whether it's about content property rights, competition laws, taxes, etc.

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UK Labour leader, Ed Miliband, yesterday made exactly my point (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/22/google-tax-avoidance-ed...):

We need to stop "transfer pricing" by which companies such as Amazon shift profits between countries and to increase transparency about profits and revenues.

In addition, I believe these companies should also be forced to employ people in our countries. It is not good enough to say that their headquarters are in the US. If they want our customers and our money, they'll have to take our workers as well, and invest in research and development as they do in the US, and as other big companies do in the EU.

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Leverage the result of the €20m SPOCS project to operationalise a production platform to make the establishment of business across borders seamless.

(as this topic seems to have a media theme) perhaps focus on media as the first vertical - there would be automated services to handle the various authority registrations, copyrights, taxes, etc. Make export an intuitive and fluid Government / EU enabled service.

This is the true intent, now actually possible, of the original Single Market Directive.

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Awesome! Just what I was trying to find out for! http://thefashiontype.com/

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