Month: March 2015

Internet tax rejected in Belgium

A Belgian court rejected the claim of Sabam, the local collecting society, arguing that Internet Access Providers (ISPs) should pay a kind of compensation because of the potential exchange of pirated content occurring over their networks. In fact, Sabam requested Belgacom, Telenet and VOO,…

The data retention saga: legislation annulled also in the Netherlands (and in Belgium)

UPDATE: On June 11, 2015 the Belgian Constitutional Court declared invalid Belgian data retention law. The decision is here, more infos to follow¬† On March 11, 2015 a Dutch court declared the national data retention legislation to be invalid. The decision is a foreseeable…

The European Parliament opens the eyes over lack of competition in European telecoms

Today the European Parliament voted an important¬†motion for resolution on the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy. The report concerns, inter alia, the competitiveness situation in the European Telecom sector. The European Parliament reminds the importance of competition for investments, innovation and consumer welfares,…

No VAT reduction for electronic books, EU court says

According to the Court of Justice of the European Union (decision of March 5, case C-479/13 and C-502/13 Commission v France and Commission v Luxembourg), European Members States cannot apply to electronic books a reduced VAT rate, whereas such reduction is applicable to physical…

The European governments find a deal on roaming and net neutrality: a low-level compromise

The Council of the EU, which is currently lead by the Latvian presidency, finally stroke an agreement on the draft proposal about roaming and net-neutrality. A mandate has been given to the Latvians to start negotiations with the European Parliament and to find a…