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2015

  • The European Commission presented its Communication on copyright and a Regulation on the portability of online content services. (December)
  • The European Commission opened a consutation on the enforcement of intellectural property rights. (December)
  • The European Parliament adopted new rules on roaming and net neutrality. (October)
  • The EU and US completed their 11th round of negotiations for a transatlantic trade agreement. (October)
  • The EC published its new Single Market strategy. (October)
  • October 20th marked the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity. (October)
  • The OECD adopted the final package of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) measures. (October)
  • The Court of Justice of the EU struck down the Safe Harbour data-sharing agreement with the US. (October)
  • The EC launched a consultation on the re-launch of the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base. (October)
  • The EC launched a consultation on modernising VAT for cross-border e-commerce. (September)
  • The EC launched a consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms, online intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy. (September)
  • The EC launched a consultation on geo-blocking and other geographically-based restrictions when shopping and accessing information in the EU. (September)
  • The EC launched a consultation on standards in the Digital Single Market. (September)
  • The EC launched a consultation on internet speeds and quality. (September)
  • The EC launched a consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms and online intermediaries. (September)
  • The EC launched a consultation on the review of the EU Cable & Satellite Directive. (August)
  • The EC-commissioned study on "the remuneration of authors and performers for the use of their works and the fixation of their performances" was published. (July)
  • The European Parliament adopted the 'Reda' report on the implementation of the copyright Directive. (July)
  • The EC launched a consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. (July)
  • The EC, Council and Parliament agreed the end of roaming charges in june 2017 and on so-called 'net neutrality' rules. (July)
  • Luxembourg took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. (July)
  • The EC launched a consultation on contract rules for online purchases of digital content and tangible goods. (June)
  • The EC presented its Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation in the EU. (June)
  • The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee adopted its report on the implementation of the Copyright Directive. (June)
  • The EC presented its 'Digital Single Market' strategy. (May)
  • The EU and US concluded the 9th round of negotiations for the TTIP agreement. (April)
  • Close of the EC consultation on radio spectrum allocation, to which IMPALA submitted a reply. (April)
  • Competition Commissioner Vestager announced an upcoming proposal to launch a competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector. (April)
  • Competition Commissioner Vestager announced it was filing formal charges against Google for promoting its own services through Google search. (April)
  • The EC has sent information requests to several labels and digital music companies to investigate Apple’s dealings regarding its new streaming service expected to launch this summer. (March)
  • The EU Court of Justice issued its decision in the 'Copydan Bandkopi' case on private copying. (March)
  • The college of Commissioners had a first discussion on the Digital Single Market Strategy, to be unveiled 6 May. (March)
  • The EP intergroup on creative industries organised its launch event with the French and German Ministers of Culture. (March)
  • The EC organised the Digital4Eu stakeholder forum on Europe's new digital priorities. (February)
  • Commissioners Oettinger (Digital Economy & Society) and Ansip (Digital Single Market) both organised twitter-chats. (February)
  • MEPs decided to set up a special committee on tax rulings. (February)
  • Pirate Party MEP published her draft report on the implementation of the EC's 2001 Copyright Directive. (January)
  • The EU Court of Justice delivered its ruling in the Art & Allposters case, ruling that the exhaustion of the right of distribution only applies to the tangible support of a work (January).
  • The EC working group on access to finance for cultural and creative sectors met in Brussels. (January)
  • The EC published a non-confidential version of its letter to Luxembourg setting out its reasons for conducting an in-depth investigations into its tax arrangements with Amazon. (January)
  • The EC announced it was carrying out an in-depth investigation into the proposed licensing hub by authors' societies PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA. (January)
  • Introduction of the new EU VAT changes to the place of supply of digital services. (January)
  • Latvia took over the presidency of the Council of the EU. (January)

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