Competitiveness

Competitiveness

More legislation than ever before is decided upon at European level. This affects the day-to-day running of a printing company. From what ink you can use and how companies report their emissions, to employment law and health & safety - EU legislation affects it all. So it is vital that the European graphic industry is strongly represented at the European Union.

Intergraf works with the European Commission when potential legislation is considered. With our strong links to Commission DGs and officials, as well as our membership of groups which meet in the Commission to discuss issues at stake, we ensure that concerns of the graphic industry are heard.

Intergraf works on European policy matters that may impact the competitiveness of the European graphic industry. These include:

  • Taxation (VAT on printed products vs digital publications, VAT reform)
  • Data protection
  • Production costs (evolution of paper prices, consumable prices, energy costs, postal rates)
  • Limitation to advertising (through taxation or legislation)
  • Digitalisation (e-government, e-invoicing)
  • Copyright issues (reprography requirements impacting digital printing)
  • Postal infrastructure and services
  • Online selling (e-commerce, payment services)
  • Cross-border selling (VAT, geo-blocking)
  • Industrial policy
  • Labelling requirements
  • Trade (paper duties)
  • Sectoral statistical classification
  • Money laundering
  • Cash control
  • Packaging security features

Primary contact: Laetitia Reynaud

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