The European Commission has proposed new rules to ensure that digital business activities are taxed in a fair and growth-friendly way in the EU. It has put forward two distinct legislative proposals that will lead to a fairer taxation of digital activities in the EU:
- The first initiative aims to reform corporate tax rules so that profits are registered and taxed where businesses have significant interaction with users through digital channels. This forms the Commission's preferred long-term solution.
- The second proposal responds to calls from several Member States for an interim tax which covers the main digital activities that currently escape tax altogether in the EU.
The European Commission today launched the WiFi4EU web portal. As of now, municipalities all over Europe are invited to register their details ahead of the first call for projects in mid-May, for the chance to benefit from EU financing to build free public wireless internet hotspots.
The WiFi4EU programme offers vouchers worth €15,000 for municipalities to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces, including libraries, museums, public parks, squares. As stated by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the WiFi4EU initiative aims at connecting "every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centres of public life by 2020."
Maynooth Post-Primary, Co Kildare have won the 2018 Model Council of the European Union. The event took place today in Dublin Castle. Runners-up were St Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal. These two schools rose above 24 other schools from all over Ireland, while discussing the Future of Europe. Debates are ongoing across Europe about how the EU can best address the current challenges it faces so the theme of this year’s subject was highly topical.
The European Commission has published its annual analysis of the economic and social situation in the Member States, including progress in implementing country-specific recommendations and an assessment of possible imbalances.
The package includes 27 Country Reports (for all Member States except Greece, which is under a stability support programme), the annual analysis by Commission staff on the economic and social situation in Member States and progress made in implementing Country-Specific Recommendations over the years. For the 12 Member States selected last November for an in-depth review, the Country Reports include an assessment of possible macroeconomic imbalances and the package provides an update of the categorisation of countries under the so-called Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure.
For the first time, the Country Reports put a special emphasis on mainstreaming the priorities of the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed in November 2017.
The European Commission has today published the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
The draft Withdrawal Agreement translates into legal terms the Joint Report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on the progress achieved during phase 1 of the negotiations, published on 8 December 2017, and proposes text for those outstanding withdrawal issues which are mentioned in, but not set out in detail, in the Joint Report. It also integrates the text on the transition period, based on the supplementary negotiating directives adopted by the Council (Article 50) on 29 January 2018.
By Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
On 1 March 2017, the European Reference Networks (ERNs) - virtual networks bringing together healthcare providers across Europe to tackle complex or rare medical conditions, kicked off. 24 thematic ERNs, are now up and running with over 900 highly specialised healthcare units from 25 EU countries and Norway working together on a wide range of issues, from bone disorders to haematological diseases, from paediatric cancer to immunodeficiency. One year on from the day he launched the initiative in the University hospital in Leuven, Belgium, Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, tells us how ERNs are already helping patients, and outlines his hopes for the years ahead.
The latest national Eurobarometer report for Ireland finds little public support for an "Irexit".
Just published, the latest Eurobarometer national report analyses data collected last November in over 1000 face-to-face interviews.
The full report for Ireland can be downloaded here.
A new Eurobarometer survey on Europeans and the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) reveals that 80% of Irish people, highest share in the EU, agree that the CAP is fulfilling its role in providing safe, healthy food of high quality. On average this feeling was shared by 64% of EU respondents with French respondents at 38% least likely to agree.
Irish respondents were also the joint second most likely to agree the CAP is fulfilling its role in ensuring a sustainable way to produce food (72%) and in ensuring reasonable food prices for consumers (71%).
Staff from the European Commission, in liaison with staff from the European Central Bank, visited Dublin from 28 November to 1 December 2017 to conduct the eighth post-programme surveillance (PPS) review mission for Ireland. The main objective of PPS is to assess the country’s capacity to repay the loans granted under the former EU-IMF financial assistance programme and, if necessary, to recommend corrective actions.
Social media companies need to do more to respond to the requests, made last March by the European Commission and Member States' consumer authorities, to comply with EU consumer rules.
Vera Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: "As social media networks are used as advertising and commercial platforms, they must fully respect consumer rules. I am pleased that the enforcement of EU rules to protect consumers by national authorities is bearing fruit, as some companies are now making their platforms safer for consumers; however, it is unacceptable that this is still not complete and it is taking so much time. This confirms that we need a ‘New Deal for Consumers': EU consumer rules should be respected and if companies don't comply, they should face sanctions."