The Council today adopted conclusions on the enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights in the EU.
On 9 March 2018, the Council adopted its position on the directive on combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment. The Council is now ready to start negotiations with the Parliament as soon as the latter agrees on its position.
At the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, Copenhagen, 9 March 2018.
High prices and the inconvenience of cross-border parcel delivery have been identified as being among the main obstacles to a bigger uptake of e-commerce among European consumers and retailers. Research shows that current cross-border parcel delivery prices charged by universal service providers can be almost five times higher than domestic parcel delivery prices.
As part of efforts to boost e-commerce and to make online shopping easier for consumers, the European Commission has proposed a regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services. It aims to improve transparency and increase regulatory oversight of the cross-border parcel delivery sector, in order to foster competition and reduce delivery prices. Trilogue negotiations led to a provisional agreement on the proposal in December 2017, which needs to be confirmed in a vote during the March plenary session.
Update: the debriefing has been published.
As of December 2018, consumers in Europe will be able to make their online purchases from any Member State, irrespective of where they are currently based, and businesses will be able to offer their goods and services to any of the 500 million customers across the EU.