How to adapt fiscal policies applying to cultural and audiovisual goods and services in the digital era?


The digital revolution brings numerous challenges for cultural and audiovisual goods and services: divergent VAT rates between member states, depending on whether they apply to physical or digital devices; Internet giants which establish their headquarters so as to escape taxation and obligations to support creation; the need to renew and modernize cultural policies to take the digital dimension into account …. It is time for decisions!

The European coalitions for cultural diversity are organizing the conference ” How to adapt fiscal polities applying to cultural and audiovisual goods and services in the digital era?” on Tuesday February 11th, 2014  at the European Parliament in Brussels.


14:00-15:30: Integrating digital multinationals into tax regimes and the creative economy in Europe

Chaired by Carole Tongue, Chairman of the UK Coalition for Cultural diversity and former MEP

Introduction by Pervenche Berès, MEP, Chairman of the committee on employment and social affairs.

Speakers: Lorena Boix-Alonso, Head of Unit, Converging media and content, DG Connect at European Commission; Patrice Chazerand, Director in charge of Digital Economy and Trade Groups, DIGITALEUROPE; Pierre Lescure, supervisor of the mission on “Culture at the digital era” commissioned by the French government; Radu Mihaileanu, writer and movie director; Walter Zampieri, Head of the culture and policy unit, DG Education and Culture at European Commission.

15:45-17:15:  Are we applying the right fiscal policy to culture?

Chaired by Pascal Rogard, president of the French coalition for cultural diversity
Introduction by Françoise Castex, MEP, vice-president of the Committee on Legal affairs

Speakers: Richard Charkin executive director of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and vice-president of International Publishers Association ; Michel Lambot,  co-president of the PIAS label and of IMPALA ; Catherine Sustek, member of cabinet of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education and Culture; Jacques Toubon French delegate for the Taxation of Cultural Goods and Services and former French minister of Culture


Registration : Martine Schnitzler : 00 33(0)1 40 23 45 14  or before february 4th

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