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What the Digital Single Market proposal really means in practice

After months of leaks and unofficial drafts, on May 6, 2015 the European Commission finally adopted the┬áDigital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy: a document of paramount importance for the digital developments of the markets and societies of the EU Members States which will keep busy…

Europe: no continent for small and agile operators?

While the 6th of May – the day when the European Commission will deliver its well-expected “Digital Single Market” Strategy – is approaching, there is a considerable traffic jam of leaked documents anticipating the draft that will be finally and formally adopted. Remarkably, one…

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,…

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…

Net neutrality and competition rules are getting closer and closer

The Competition Directorate of the European Commission announced to have closed an investigation about Internet connectivity market (peering and transit) without finding evidences for abuse of dominant position by the European incumbents which were investigated (likely Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefonica). While the closing…

#OMGoettinger! Good or bad news for the Digital Agenda?

Today Commissioner Jean Claude Junker announced the structure of the new European Commission, that will manage and execute European policies in the next 5 years term (starting from November 2014). The new structure can be found here. As regards the Digital Agenda, the portfolio…

Digit@lians.eu is born!

  Today in Brussels we launched Digit@lians.eu, a community of Italian (and Italian-speaking) professionals engaged in the digital sector. Guest speakers were prof. Antonio Nicita, commissioner at AGCOM, and dott. Cristiano Radaelli, president of Anitec. They entertained the audience (almost 100 professionals) with a…