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Bundeskartellamt veröffentlicht Fallbericht zur gestoppten Video-On-Demand-Plattform "Germany´s Gold" von ARD und ZDF

Das Bundeskartellamt hat heute einen interessanten Fallbericht veröffentlicht: Am 18. Februar 2014 stellten die deutschen Wettbewerbshüter ein Kartellverwaltungsverfahren ein. Es richtete sich gegen verschiedene kommerzielle Tochtergesellschaften der öffentlich-rechtlichen TV-Sendergruppen ARD und ZDF sowie verschiedene TV-Produktionsunternehmen. Es ging dabei um die geplante Gründung und Durchführung eines Gemeinschaftsunternehmens für Video-on-Demand (Titel: „Germany’s Gold“). Die Entstellung erfolgte, nachdem die Beteiligten ihre Pläne aufgegeben hatten.  Zum Download des Fallberichts  B6-81/11

EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into Hungarian advertisement tax

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into whether Hungary's advertisement tax introduced in June 2014 complies with EU state aid rules. In particular, the Commission has concerns that the progressive tax rates, ranging from 0 to 50%, could selective ly favour certain companies and give them an unfair competitive advantage.  The Commission has therefore also taken a separate decision prohibiting Hungary from applying progressive rates until the Commission has finished its assessment (a so-called "suspension injunction"). The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties the opportunity to comment. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.  EU Competition Commissioner Vestager  said: "It is very important that we ensure a level playing field on media markets throughout Europe. Many media today rely on advertisement income to finance their operations. I welcome the signals from the Hungarian government that

EU Court: France and Luxembourg cannot apply a reduced rate of VAT to the supply of electronic books, in contrast with paper books. What does this mean for Amazon?

Source: Court of Justice of the European Union, PRESS RELEASE No 30/15 Luxembourg, 5 March 2015 Judgments in Cases C-479/13 and C-502/13 Commission v France and Commission v Luxembourg Unofficial document for media use, not binding on the Court of Justice. The full text of the judgments (C-479/13 & C-502/13) is published on the CURIA website on the day of delivery. France and Luxembourg cannot apply a reduced rate of VAT to the supply of electronic books, in contrast with paper books In France and in Luxembourg, the supply of electronic books is subject to a reduced rate of VAT. Accordingly, since 1 January 2012, France has applied a VAT rate of 5.5% and Luxembourg a rate of 3% to the supply of electronic books. The digital or electronic books at issue include books supplied, for consideration, by download or web streaming (‘streaming’), from a website so that they can be viewed on a computer, a smartphone, electronic book readers or other reading system. The Comm