Prepared by ETNO working groups of company representatives, these require the consensus approval by all ETNO Full Members.
Also prepared by working groups, Reflection Documents carry the approval of at least two-thirds of ETNO’s membership. Such a document does not necessarily represent the final position of ETNO on a topic, but provides a solid indication of the majority view among its members. Many ETNO papers take this form.
This is not a position paper but a document offering a common but unofficial viewpoint, agreed by consensus within an ETNO working group and endorsed by the association’s Executive Board. Expert Contributions differ from Common Positions and Reflection Documents in that they are not approved by ETNO’s membership at large. But they often address technical or organisational questions at the expert level and enable ETNO to comment quickly on a given subject when short deadlines are in play.
Issued on an occasional basis, these documents reflect common views shared by ETNO and other industry and trade organisations regarding either specific topics or horizontal issues.
Latest position papers
Joint Statement of the European Telecom Social Partners on Reconciling Innovation and Privacy Protection to the Benefit of the European Data Economy
Brussels, January 2018 - The value of the European data economy could reach up to 740 billion euros, or 4% of the European Union’s total GDP, by 2020. Smart solutions such as big data analytics, the Internet of Things, and connected driving thus have the potential to trigger a fourth industrial revolution.
ETNO-GSMA Joint Position Paper on Article 13 of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
January 2018 - The Commission’s objective in Article 13 (the so-called ‘value gap’ provision) is to improve copyright protection through the promotion of the level playing field between content rights-holders and certain types of online music/audio-visual sharing service providers. As such, Article 13 is intended to represent a highly focussed sector-specific approach to address a specific situation in which a ‘value gap’ is perceived.
ETNO-GSMA Tax Policy Committee Response to European Commission Public Consultation on fair taxation of the digital economy
The ETNO-GSMA Tax Policy Committee (hereinafter The Committee) appreciates the opportunity to provide its input on the consultation on fair taxation of the digital economy and would like to provide the following comments, complementary to the answers submitted through the on-line form questionnaire.