Showing posts from February, 2015

EU Commission reveals latest data on digital development ... Germany not at the forefront :-(

There are plenty of digital opportunities waiting to be unlocked to benefit European citizens and companies. From shopping or studying online, to paying bills or using public services over the Internet – the Web is the answer, if the right conditions are in place. This is the conclusion of a  new Digital Economy and Society Index  developed by the European Commission and released today. Data shows that the picture of how digital countries are varies across the EU and that borders remain an obstacle to a fully-fledged Digital Single Market – one of the  top priorities  of the Juncker Commission. The new tool presented today gives snapshots, per country, of connectivity (how widespread, fast and affordable broadband is), Internet skills, the use of online activities from news to shopping, how key digital technologies (e-invoices, cloud services, e-commerce, etc) and digital public services such as e-government and e-health are developed. The data is mostly from 2013 and 2014 and gi

EU Commission invites comments on Luxembourg's alleged state aid to Amazon

The EU Commission collects comments on the case of alleged state aid to e-commerce giant Amazon by Luxembourg.  The Invitation to submit comments has been published today in the EU Official Journal: Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Text with EEA relevance) (2015/C 044/02) By means of the letter dated 07.10.2014 reproduced in the authentic language on the pages following this summary, the Commission notified Luxembourg of its decision to initiate the procedure laid down in Article 108(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union concerning the abovementioned aid. Interested parties may submit their comments on the aid in respect of which the Commission is initiating the procedure within one month of the date of publication of this summary and the following letter, to: European Commission Directorate-General for Competition State Aid Registry 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel BEL