Anyone surfing the internet leaves behind valuable traces for the digital economy. The latter has a great interest in skimming off data as unnoticed as possible - and being able to use it. The original aim of a 2017 draft Regulation of the Commission was to protect users’ privacy. However, discussions in the Council point in another direction. The latest AK Position Paper summarizes the state of play.
Particularly in the run up to Christmas, Amazon’s business is booming. Criticism of the tech giant appears not to have impact on consumers’ shopping behaviour - the power of the company, based on dubious and anti-trade union strategies, is growing.
Event jointly organised by AK EUROPA and ÖGB Europabüro on 3 December 2019:
Market power of internet platforms: what are the challenges for regulation and competition?
Presentation by Leonhard PLANK
(Vienna University of Technology)
The EU Commission is currently working intensively on regulatory procedures for internet platforms. Hence, the ideal time to discuss the problems incurred because of these internet giants and the various approaches for solutions within the framework of an evening event on December 3rd by AK EUROPA und ÖGB Europabüro.
ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation and AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour would like to cordially invite you to our joint event:
Presentation of the study „Internet platforms as infrastructures of the digital age":
Leonhard Plank, Vienna University of Technology
Thomas Kramler, European Commission
Patrick Grant, BusinessEurope
Ulrike Ginner, Austrian Chamber of Labour
Michael Gogola, GPA-djp
Laura Shields, Red Thread
The hearings of the 1st round of the Commissioners-designate ended on October 8th 2019 in the European Parliament with the three executive Vice Presidents. In the afternoon, it was Margrethe Vestager’s turn, Commissioner-designate for Competition and also Executive Vice President-designate for a “Europe fit for the digital age”. It would be her second term in office in the European Commission.
Tax avoidance and profit shifting by multinationals pose a significant problem for most EU Member States. Since this problem is so widespread, it has become a major question of equitableness. Digitalisation and the increasing importance of intangible assets (brands, algorithms, data, etc.) are additional challenges to international taxation (of profits). A change to the system of international profit taxation towards a consolidated profit approach and formular apportionment (including a minimum profit tax rate) is the best way to get this problem under control.
A new study published by AK EUROPA shows how much influence internet companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, Deliveroo and co. have on European legislation. The thought behind this study is to shed light on the increasing and intransparent lobbying activities of the platform companies in Brussels
Competition policy is an important part of economic policy. In an economic system based on a market economy, competition policy has to determine the conditions for a competitive framework which ensure that competition between economic players functions and anti-competitive behaviour is stopped and penalised.
The challenges of digital change for trade unions were the topic of an event organised by AK EUROPA and the ÖGB Europabüro on 24 April 2019. Agnes Streissler-Führer and Esther Lynch discussed the subject “Trade unions: Fit for the digital world?” and described possibilities of how digitalisation could be shaped socially.