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VAT FOR E-COMMERCE: EIBF REJOICES AT TWO POSITIVE STEPS FORWARD

The European & International Booksellers Federation- EIBF – welcomes the decision of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) of 5 December, which unanimously adopted new rules for VAT on e-commerce.

The establishment of a 10.000€ threshold for start-ups and SMEs in yearly cross-border online sale, under which the home country VAT rate will apply, will definitely enable booksellers to offer more (e)books on foreign markets, as this new measure reduces administrative formalities and will ultimately benefit to consumers.

Reducing the number of pieces of evidence to one to identify customers’ location is excellent news for those of the booksellers whose turnover is up to 100.000 € .Read more

GEOBLOCKING: EIBF REJOICES AT THE RESULT OF THE SECOND TRILOGUE

The European and International Booksellers Federation – EIBF – notes with great satisfaction that the negotiations held yesterday between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council (trilogue) about the geo-blocking regulation were positive.

The proposal agreed upon yesterday, and tabled by the Estonian Presidency, leaves copyright-protected material, including e-books, out of the scope of the regulation and proposes a review clause of 2 years.

In practice, due to the entry into force and various steps in the process, this means that the review clause will not kick off before the end of 2020 or the spring 2021.Read more

POUR UNE EUROPE DU LIVRE ET DE LA CULTURE, OUVERTE ET TOURNÉE VERS L’AVENIR

A l’occasion des Journées du livre de Berlin, les syndicats français et allemand de l’industrie du livre lancent un appel conjoint aux dirigeants politiques de Berlin, Paris et Bruxelles #btb17

Dans une déclaration commune, les représentants de l’industrie du livre français et allemands demandent aux dirigeants politiques français, allemands et européens la mise en place d’une politique européenne du livre favorisant, dans le contexte du développement du numérique, la diversité culturelle sur le long terme.  / Déclaration de Berlin du Syndicat national de l’édition, du Syndicat de la librairie française, du Syndicat des Distributeurs de Loisirs Culturels et du Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels / Journées du livre de Berlin avec 700 éditeurs, libraires et partenaires

 

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EIBF & SDLC WARMLY WELCOME THE APPOINTMENT OF FRANCOISE NYSSEN AS FRENCH MINISTER FOR CULTURE

Françoise Nyssen,  in charge of one of the most prestigious French publishing houses has been able to prove that  a policy of editorial quality pays off and is the best option for achieving both popular & economic success.  “We are delighted that this female entrepreneur, deeply rooted in reality and in issues at stake in the book sector will be leading cultural policies in the next years” said SDLC

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EIBF REJOICES AT THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW FRENCH MINISTER FOR CULTURE, FRANCOISE NYSSEN

EIBF is very happy to join its French Members in their warm congratulations to Françoise Nyssen, appointed Minister for Culture by President Emmanuel Macron. Not only is she  a committed and successful quality publisher, but also a strong supporter of independent bookshops who has always advocated for the  dissemination of  culture to the benefit of all.

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The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) react to the Commission’s mid-term review of the Digital Single Market strategy

The European and International Booksellers Federation – EIBF – and the Federation of European Publishers – FEP – have read with interest the Commission’s Mid-Term Review of the Digital Single Market, published just over two years after the strategy was launched in 2015.

The EIBF and the FEP fully support the aims and objectives of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: A single market truly fit for the digital age, to the benefit of businesses and consumers alike. The book sector is embracing the digital revolution, with a growing number of booksellers and publishers making e-books available to consumers domestically as well as across borders.

However, although the ambitions underpinning the Digital Single Market are both welcome and admirable, they should not cloud our judgment of how best to achieve its aims.Read more

The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) react to the reintroduction of copyright protected material in the proposed geo-blocking regulation as the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopts its report

EIBF and FEP note with great satisfaction that the Committee supported the safeguards proposed by the European Commission (recital 23 and article 4.3), so that this regulation may not be used to circumvent fixed book price regimes.

However, EIBF and FEP note with deep regret the fact that despite numerous representations and contacts with Members of the Committee on behalf of the book industry in the last months, they voted to reintroduce copyright protected material in the scope of the regulation.

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