Back in June I picked up on something on the European Parliament website referring to VAT on e-books in member states being reduced in line with paper publications. This can be as low as 5% in most cases. (Zero in a few.) ( See link below.)
The proposal went to a vote and was overwhelmingly endorsed.
In the article they refer to it as a 'new Directive'. With my little bit of knowledge on EU legislation, I know Directives have to be implemented into national law by EU member states within 2 years of being passed.
My question for all you legal boffins out there, is that with it being a 'Directive', is there a second stage where each member state has to decide how/when to implement the directive? What needs to happen?
I've looked to see whether any other countries have implemented it yet, but couldn't find anything on the interweb.
With all the nonsense in the UK regarding Brexit, no doubt it's sitting at the bottom of somebody's in-tray, and will probably get looked at in about five years time. I also suspect that as our legislators/civil servants have enough on their plates at the moment, trying to re-write EU law into UK law, and as (in this case) the 2 years will fall outside the point when we will officially have left the EU, some might simply say 'Who cares?'. We (the UK) won't be bound by it, so why worry about I?
I just wondered if anyone knew anything more about this or the 'next steps'?
Thanks for the link, I'd already seen this but I'm sure others may not have. It was obviously useful to those already publishing when the new regulations came in a couple of years ago, so they could decide whether to re-price existing books.
The Directive I referred to is as a result of a new vote in 2017, and I was hoping for more detail on the 'next steps'. Obviously, until one of the member states becomes the first to implement it, there's not a lot of information out there.
As Wilai Lattimore says, this is one of those Directives which gives member states the 'option' to comply, so who knows whether it will ever get picked up by any of them?
As with much in the EU, who the hell knows what's going on. And yes, I voted to leave. Our own politicians are bad enough, without two tiers of them. Sorry I can't answer your question, but if what you say is correct, multiply it by five, take away fifty, add sixty to the power of twenty and have a protracted debate for ten years. Then they'll be close to a decision. By then it won't matter to us anyway.