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Policy Statement January 15, 2020 The role of the intermediary liability exemption for startups & scaleups

[Brussels, 3 October] Allied for Startups consulted its members on the role of the intermediary liability exemption for startups & scales in the EU. Online platforms transform the way we purchase, communicate, move and work – everybody enjoys their services everyday. Startups benefit from this thriving platform economy – it helps them to grow, operate …

Statement April 17, 2019 Statement on the plenary vote on the Terrorist Content Online Regulation

[Brussels, 17 April 2019] Allied for Startups regrets the outcome of the plenary vote today, which adds an obstacle to early stage entrepreneurs. The one-hour removal requirement accompanied by financial penalties is untenable for startups which are not able to operate a 24/7 service yet. Especially in their early growth stages, startups neither have the …

Statement April 17, 2019 Statement on the adoption of the P2B regulation’s interinstitutional agreement by the European Parliament

[Brussels, 17 April] We welcome today’s endorsement by the European Parliament of the interinstitutional agreement on fairness and transparency in platform-to-business relations. Benedikt Blomeyer, Manager European Affairs at Allied for Startups, said “The diversity of the platform economy was largely taken into account in the final text and we are pleased that the negotiators have …

Statement March 4, 2019 Statement on the IMCO opinion vote on the terrorist content proposal

[Brussels, 4 March 2019] We welcome today’s IMCO opinion on the regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online as a step towards legal certainty for entrepreneurs in Europe. Although open questions and challenges for entrepreneurs remain, we welcome the clear reference to the liability regime established in the e-commerce directive. We commend the …

Statement February 20, 2019 AFS Statement on the interinstitutional agreement (IMCO adoption) of the P2B regulation

[Brussels, 21 February] We welcome today’s endorsement of the interinstitutional agreement on fairness and transparency in platform-to-business relations. The swift adoption by co-legislators shows that the European Union is dedicated to improve the functioning of the Digital Single Market and the conditions therein. Lenard Koschwitz, Senior Director Global Public Policy states:  “We are pleased that the …

Statement February 14, 2019 AFS Statement on the Conclusion of the Trilogues on the Copyright Directive

[Brussels, 14 February] Allied for Startups takes notice that the trilogues on the Copyright Directive has resulted in political agreement. Regretfully, we find that European startups are among the losers of the deal. Many bold and ambitious arguments for a startup and scaleup continent remained unheard by most negotiators. “Europe’s obsession of hitting foreign tech …

Statement Tax December 1, 2016 Getting VAT right this time: Startups’ ask to the European Commission

Currently startups find themselves in a nightmare of costly VAT reporting obligations instead of growing their business.