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Reduced VAT for e-books

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Reduced VAT for e-books

The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will vote on a Report on Wednesday by Tom Vandenkendelaere MEP giving Member States the option to apply the reduced VAT rate to e-books which is applied to printed publications. Currently, e-books have to be taxed at the standard VAT rate (minimum 15%) and are not eligible for a reduced tax rate (minimum 5%) as they are considered electronically supplied services. Tom Vandenkendelaere said: "The e-book market is flourishing and has rapidly gained in importance over the past decade. Today, it makes no sense to apply a double standard whereby e-books are taxed higher than printed books. This new Directive gives Member States the option to apply a reduced VAT rate to e-books, making it easier for authors, publishers and booksellers to make full use of this new way of reaching the public."

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845918 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175918
  • Greet Gysen, tel:  +32 497 028 054

Setting up standards for jobs created by online apps like Uber and Airbnb

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Setting up standards for jobs created by online apps like Uber and Airbnb

The Internal Market Committee will vote on Wednesday on a Report on the future of new services, like for instance Uber and Airbnb, in the so-called collaborative economy. The Report emphasises the new opportunities the collaborative economy creates for both consumers and entrepreneurs and the contribution it can make to jobs and growth in the European Union. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt is responsible on behalf of the EPP Group.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845128 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175128
  • Lina Stenlund, tel:  +32 485 911 164

Parliament opens its doors in Brussels

European Parliament Open Day

Parliament opens its doors in Brussels

Every year, the European Parliament celebrates the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration by inviting people to visit its premises in Strasbourg and Brussels. This year, the European Parliament will also open its long-awaited history museum - the House of European History - on 6 May, just a day before the French presidential run-off vote in which Marine Le Pen, one of the candidates, has vowed to “destroy the EU.” The Parliament promises a “a captivating experience” for visitors to the museum, which is located in Brussels’ Parc Léopold in the Eastman building, a former dental clinic for disadvantaged children. The museum will focus on Europe’s post-war history, as does Parliament’s visitor centre, known as the Parlamentarium. Join us for the Open Days in the EPP Group’s corner in the European Parliament in Brussels. Let’s talk about how to build a stronger and more secure Europe for everyone. We will capture key thoughts and ideas in real time, taking what’s happening in the room and transforming it into visuals and words.

  • Eugen Sandu, tel:  +32 472 547 584

Chairman's visit to the US

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Chairman's visit to the US

EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber will be in Washington DC next week for a series of meetings with Members of the US Congress and Senate, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He will also meet with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and take part in several public events.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845890 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175890
  • Marion Jeanne, tel:  +32 479 840 293

Press Conferences

Conference

Press Conferences

Thursday @ 12.00 hrs: Antonio Tajani MEP, President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, and Hans Walter Hütter on 'The House of European History'. N.B. to take place in the Auditorium of the House of European History (Parc Léopold)

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