UPDATED – Draft Report: EP INTA Committee on Towards a digital trade strategy

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (28 September 2017)

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Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (25 September 2017)

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Amendments: EP IMCO Committee on Towards a digital trade strategy

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market

– Partially declassified document from 22 June 2017 on the preparation for the third informal trilogue (on 21 June 2017).

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes (7 September 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal Market) (6 September 2017)

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Press Release: E-commerce: making online shopping safer for consumers

The Commission has today issued guidelines to help national market surveillance authorities better control products sold online. In 2017, 55% of Europeans buy online (2017 Consumer Scoreboard) and get products shipped directly to their door, escaping the authorities’ traditional controls. Some of these products might be dangerous and not in line with EU product safety laws, for instance toys containing substances banned in the EU. The guidelines published today clarify: 1) that any product sold online to the EU has to comply with EU product legislation, even if the producer is based outside the EU; 2) the obligations of online marketplaces when authorities require them to remove dangerous products through the ‘notice and action procedure’, as defined in the e-commerce directive; and 3) the responsibility of all actors in the supply chain, including fulfilment service providers who receive the order, package and send the product. Vĕra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: “Shopping online is an easy way for consumers to shop, but it shouldnevercome at the expense of safety. With the new guidelines, national surveillance authorities will be able to check products bought online and ensure that all products sold in Europe are safe. Our latest figures show that trust in e-commerce is growing. Today’s safety measures will further contribute to this trend and reassure consumers. It’s our duty to make sure online commerce is as safe as traditional shopping.” Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, added: “With rising online sales, national market surveillance authorities find controlling and tracing products sold on-line increasingly complex. This guidance will ensure Europeans can shop online safely while further measures to strengthen market surveillance in Europe are planned for later this year.” As outlined in the 2015 Single Market Strategy, the Commission is working on a package of measures later this year that will open up more opportunities to companies that want to expand cross-border and keep unsafe and non-compliant products out from the EU market. Full guidelines available online. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 229 80379)

Source: European Commission

Consumer Conditions Scoreboard: Consumers at home in the Single Market 2017 edition

“The 2017 edition of the scoreboard shows that consumers’ trust in online shopping has dramatically increased, especially in buying from other EU countries. However there are still important obstacles preventing e-commerce from developing to its full potential.”

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Briefing: Single market information tool (SMIT)

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Draft Opinion: EP IMCO Committee on a digital trade strategy

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Towards a digital trade strategy (12 July 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme with Ms Kadri Simson, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and Ms Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology (12 July 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Exchange of views with Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice, on the priorities of the Estonian Presidency (12 July 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP CULT Committee – Structured dialogue with Commissioner Ansip (11 July 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s structured dialogue is now available.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Report on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations on addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination (12 July 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Estonian Presidency visit of Ms Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology (11 July 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s debate is now available.

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Folketing (DK) – COM(2016) 861 final

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UPDATED – Agenda: IMCO Committee Meeting (12-13 July 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal Market – Attachés) (12 July 2017)

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UPDATED – Amendments: EP JURI Committee on Rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (28 & 30 June 2017)

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UPDATED Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (21 & 23 June 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Vote on Rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes (21 June 2017)

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