Annie Scanlan

Annie provides monitoring and analysis to online platforms and e-commerce clients, and writes a weekly newsletter on the accommodation sharing sector.
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Europe's big tech tax: the latest proposals for a digital services tax

Written by Annie Scanlan on 11 Dec 2018

The EU’s Member States have failed to agree on the introduction of a tax on revenues from digital services. But pressure from the European Commission, European Parliament and EU citizens indicate that this is not an issue that is going to disappear any time soon.

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An Introduction to the proposed 'Platform to Business' Regulation

Written by Annie Scanlan on 29 Nov 2018

The EU is planning new rules to govern the relationship between online platforms and the businesses which use them to offer goods or services to consumers. These rules are aimed at online platforms and search engines which rank and present business users’ products to potential customers in search results, regardless of whether the commercial transaction ultimately takes place on the platform or not.

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The EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy: a talking shop or the beginnings of a new regulator?

Written by Annie Scanlan on 12 Oct 2018

Buried in the detail of a proposed Regulation from the European Commission was the establishment of an Observatory of the online platform economy. It has now been established and has a broad remit but little power, so far. Is this the foundation of a new EU regulator for online platforms?

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What are the EU institutions doing to lead on Distributed Ledger Technology?

Written by Annie Scanlan on 06 Sep 2018

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), sometimes referred to as blockchain, is coming under increased scrutiny by policy makers in the EU institutions. We have produced a one page guide highlighting the key initiatives which companies using DLT should be following.

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Digital agenda vs populist revolt: which call will Austria answer?

Written by Annie Scanlan on 05 Jun 2018

The world’s youngest leader, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, will take the helm of the Council of the EU in July and the headlines will be dominated by his plans to toughen EU immigration policy. Behind the scenes Austria’s Digital Minister, Margarete Schramböck, will be pushing ahead towards agreement on the Commission’s package of proposals in the digital sector.

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