Brussels 25, July 2016 - The European Commission has launched a public consultation on reduced VAT rates for electronically supplied publications. The objective of the consultation is to obtain the views of stakeholders on the VAT treatment of electronic publications (e-publications). Under current EU - VAT rules, electronic publications such as digital newspapers must be taxed at the national standard rate while for printed publications Member States are allowed to apply reduced or even super-reduced and zero VAT rates. The European Commission is now considering reforming these rules.
The Commission is of the view that even though there are differences between printed and electronically supplied publications with regard to the format, they offer the same reading content for consumers and the VAT system needs to keep pace with the challenges of today's digital economy.
Having carefully considered these issues, the Commission made a commitment in its 2016 Actions Plan on VAT (Com (2016) 148 final) indicating that it will make a legislative proposal in 2016 to allow Member States to apply to electronically supplied publications the same VAT rates that Member States can currently apply to printed publications.
The objective of the consultation is to seek the views on:
1. The commitment by the Commission in its 2016 Actions Plan on VAT to:
(a) allow Member States the application of reduced rates for electronically supplied publications
(b) allow Member States the application of super-reduced and zero rates for electronically supplied publications
2. The definition and scope of electronically supplied publications
3. The potential impacts of reduced rates for electronically supplied publications
The consultation ends on 19 September 2016. ENPA will contribute to the consultation underlining the need to adapt the rules urgently.
The consultation is accessible by clicking here
The ENPA and EMMA press release welcoming the VAT action plan and announcement of the proposal is available here
PRESS FREEDOM CONFERENCE (R)EVOLUTION OF EUROPE’S PRESS HIGHLIGHTS KEY THREATS TO EUROPEAN PRESS
On 1 July 2016, media experts and stakeholders from throughout Europe joined together in Wroclaw, Poland, to participate in the press freedom conference ®evolution of Europe’s Press, organized by ENPA together with EMMA and an alliance of other press and journalism associations.
The conference saw a host of interesting events and speeches, focusing on the role of the media in in modern democracy, and current challenges and threats to Europe’s media. Participants were involved in developing a range of suggestions to overcome such challenges, such as a revision of privacy or antiterrorism laws to avoid arbitrary interpretation from national judiciaries causing risks to media freedom. The promising ideas formulated at this event will continue on as part of the Future Media Lab dialogues. The next important event to note is the upcoming Future Media Lounge session in September, at the European Parliament in Brussels. (Details to follow). You can find more information about the press freedom conference here.
On the 27-29 June, the 2nd UNESCO European Media and Information Literacy Forum took place in Riga, at the National Library of Latvia. Ms. Elodie Depré, media literacy project manager and communication officer at LAPRESSE.be, spoke on behalf of ENPA on ‘bridging concept and practice: mediators of MIL at the Local Level (The Role of Libraries and Media Networks as Mediators in Promoting MIL (The Case of Latvia) and Other Target Groups (Parents, Teachers, Industries).
The session covered important questions related to how the potential of the different actors could be reached in strengthening media and information literacy, how the different actors could best synergize their efforts to help children in achieving media and information literacy, and how to link in other important concepts such as gender equality in media and information literacy.
More information can be found at unesco.org.
On 6 June 2016 an ENPA delegation of press publishers from across Europe met with the European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by the news media sector in the digital single market, with a particular focus on copyright, VAT and the AVMS Directive.
Delegation from right to left: Tomáš Kamenec from Petit Press Publishing House in Slovakia, ENPA Vice President Valdo Lehari jr., Publisher of Reutlinger General-Angzeiger in Germany, Sophie Scrive, ENPA Deputy Executive Director, ENPA President Carlo Perrone, Vice President of Italiana Editrice S.p.A. (ITEDI), Andre Veskimeister, Member of the Management Board of Ekspress Grupp in Estonia, Vice-President Andrus Ansip, François Le Hodey, CEO of IPM Group (La Libre Belgique), ENPA Vice President Bruno Pachent, Directeur Exécutif de Média Sud Europe in France, Carolin Wehrhahn, Head of BDZV Brussels Office
Adequate legal protection is needed to ensure the diversity of the press and the future of quality Journalism in Europe
The European Commission has launched a consultation on publishers’ rights on 23 March 2016. This provides an important opportunity for the Commission, ahead of legislative proposals for EU copyright reform, to properly assess the copyright-related challenges faced by the publishing community in the digital era, what is at stake and the appropriate way to address these issues at EU level.
The consultation is much welcomed by the publishing community, as it provides the opportunity to acknowledge the value of the press to society and the digital economy, and to set the record straight on the challenges posed in the digital environment and how to best address them at EU level.
The hope is that it could ultimately lead to much-needed adequate legal protection of publishers in the EU copyright framework, in particular by clarifying at EU level that publishers, like the other content producers (broadcasters, film producers, phonogram producers], are listed as rightholders in EU copyright law.
For further information please visit www.publishersright.eu