GAFA tax: Companies have received their tax notice

"Companies subject to this tax have received a tax notice for the payment of the 2020 installments," said Bruno Lemaire. Not to mention the possible wrath of the American authorities, the GAFA have already taken the lead. Here's how.   The negotiations on the digital tax at the OECD have come to naught. “We had suspended the collection of the tax until the OECD negotiations were concluded. This negotiation failed, so we will collect a tax on the digital giants next December, "explained Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy, in mid-October. "Companies subject to this tax have received a tax notice for the payment of the 2020 installments," the Ministry of the Economy said today. Facebook and Amazon "are among the companies" which have been notified "in recent days", assures for its part the Financial Times. So after firing the first ones, what should the French authorities expect from now on? Has

MEPs approve reform of road transport within the EU

The European Parliament approved a reform of road transport in the EU on Wednesday 8 July. In debate for three years, it has been the subject of tough negotiations between member countries. The adoption of this text marks a victory for the countries of the West, but provokes the anger of those of the East.

MEPs approve reform of road transport within the EU

For several years, truck drivers in western European Union countries have been denouncing "social dumping" within their profession. They criticize in particular the carriers of the Eastern countries for not respecting the legal times of rest and for paying their drivers at a discount, in order to be more competitive.

Now, with this reform, truck drivers return home every three to four weeks. When the trucker is abroad, his weekly rest period is compulsory in a place of accommodation and no longer in his cabin and hospitality costs are borne by the employer. The trucks will have to return at most every eight weeks to the company of their country of origin.

In order to limit cabotage, namely loading and unloading goods on a foreign territory, four days of waiting between each operation are imposed, and each border crossing will be recorded in order to trace the movements of the vehicle.

The adoption of this reform arouses the anger of the countries of the East which consider it as protectionism in disguise. The Romanian transporters' federation claims that this reform will put 200,000 drivers out of work, and announces an appeal to European justice. As for the Bulgarian authorities, they consider the reform "unacceptable", "unbalanced" and "discriminatory in nature".