[registrars] EU regulations potentially impact global Domain industry ....
Phillip and all
May I suggest you have a word with folks in Brussels to assist them get on the right track..... The VAT directive is onerous to Registrars (and Registries) cost base, and the Data Protection paper looks as if it will have an impact on the Registrars (and Registries) businesses too.....
Additional information from my reliable source in the Brussels below....
Data Protection: European Parliament Rapporteur - Mr. Marco Cappato, Italian, Non aligned politically
The second reading in Parliament of the draft Directive will begin during
the lead committee's (Committee on Citizen's Freedoms and Rights, Justice
and Home Affairs) first February meeting.
The Parliament's reaction to the Council Common Position cannot yet be assessed.
On the Article 13 (Unsolicited Commercial Communications) front, the debate is sure to be very interesting once again. The new committee chairperson, Ana Palacio (Spanish, Conservative) has before been more sympathetic to the opt-out approach but may find it difficult to maintain her position since her home political party's stance (the party in Government in Spain) is strongly in favour of opt-in. There is as yet no indication whether those MEPs who stood vehemently in favour of either opt-in or opt-out would be prepared to accept the compromise solution as put forward by the Council in its Common Position (opt-in, though undertakings would be able to contact their customers concerning new products or services they are offering, so long as the new products/services are directly related to the products/services currently being provided to that customer).
Meanwhile it has become even more clear that the major voices in the Council are increasingly in favour of the opt-in approach for e-mail addresses.
VAT on E-Commerce
The Council has finally agreed upon the main principles of the Commissionís
proposals on the
The main principles
of the draft text as it currently stands are:
The European Parliament adopted in its report a measure which introduces revenue-sharing, in order that companies do not register where the rate of VAT is lowest.
There will be a report on the final wording of the text next month, if indeed it is adopted during the February Council meeting.