ETAF participates in the consultation on the reform of the notification procedure

On 18 April, ETAF submitted its contribution to the consultation on the reform of the notification procedure (Services Directive). This consultation stands in the framework of the internal market strategy of the European Commission

Data protection package ratified

On 14 April 2016, the European Parliament officially ratified the new data protection package, consisting of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Directive on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities.

Tax transparency: country-by-country reporting shall now be made public

On 12 April, the European Commission launched a new proposal for a Directive which imposes on multinational groups the publication of a yearly report on the profit and tax paid and other tax-related information. Only recently, on 8 March 2016, the EU Finance Ministers unanimously agreed on corresponding reporting obligations of multinational groups, however only vis-à-vis their respective national tax authorities. The new proposal is about the additional publication of this information.

VAT Action Plan of the European Commission

On 23 March 2016, the European Commission published its VAT Action Plan for the coming years. The overall objective is to modernise the current VAT framework. As one of the main points, the Action Plan provides a review of the current rules for VAT rates. The Commission explicitly regrets that e-books and e-newspapers cannot benefit from reduced rates under the current regime. It also states that it would be "slow and difficult" for the Member States to extend reduced rates to new areas, because such decisions always require unanimity among the 28 member states.