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ngantian's picture

Stop the Roaming Rip-off

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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nlucaann's picture

Is "single pricing" an issue

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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Chris Conder's picture

single pricing

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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Chris Conder's picture

roaming rip off

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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Chris Conder's picture

SMEs

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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nfoleypl's picture

Cross border VAT simplification

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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nbeallau's picture

Investments and balance of power

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-single-market/sites/digital-agenda/files/fo...), 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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nbeallau's picture

UK Labour leader, Ed Miliband

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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nmarrfer's picture

Create a common electronic platform for Points of Single Contact

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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