Platforms, understood as a method of organising digital markets that allows two groups of users (suppliers and customers) to meet, are one of the pillars of the digital market. They facilitate its development, providing adequate solutions to the needs of the sharing, collaborative, data, and P2P economies. Platforms that often operate as marketplaces have a triangle structure where users must first conclude a contract with the platform to be subsequently able to conclude contracts between themselves. The status of platform user is very often difficult to define, as platforms allow a rapid development of the pursued activities, which pushes the users outside the realm of consumer. These two characteristics make platforms difficult to fit with the EU market and consumer regulations.
A summary of the committee’s exchange of views with Commission representatives is now available.
S&D MEPs have today called for the European Commission to come forward with proposals to tackle the spread of fake news online. The call came ahead of a high level discussion on fake news and hate speech at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Demain, la Commissaire chargée de la justice, des consommateurs et de l’égalité des genres Vera Jourová est à Paris, où elle rencontrera la Garde des Sceaux, Ministre de la Justice, Madame Nicole Belloubet pour discuter, entre autres, de la lutte contre le terrorisme, la proposition sur l’insolvabilité et sur les contrats digitaux. La Commissaire et la ministre inaugureront l’exposition “60 ans d’Europe, quels progrès pour la justice” en présence des magistrats du Tribunal de Grande Instance de Créteil. La Commissaire Jourová s’entretiendra ensuite avec la présidente de la Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), Madame Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, en vue de préparer la mise en œuvre du règlement sur la protection des données et le premier contrôle annuel du bouclier de protection des données UE-États-Unis. Enfin, elle rencontrera Marlène Schiappa, Secrétaire d’Etat auprès du Premier ministre chargée de l’égalité entre femmes et les hommes. Un point presse sera organisé avec la Commissaire Vera Jourová et la ministre de la Justice Nicole Belloubet vers 10h30 au Tribunal de Grande Instance. (Pour plus d’informations:Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)
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On Monday 4, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender, Věra Jourová will visit Tallinn. She will deliver a keynote speech at the Company Law and Corporate Governance Conference. She will present the aim of the upcoming company law package, which the Commission propse in the coming months. She will then meet Mr Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice, to discuss the ongoing justice files under the Estonian presidency, such as the digital contracts proposal, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and the first review of the Privacy Shield. (For more informations: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659
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Update: the draft minutes are now available. Agenda items cover digital and trade policy.
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)
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“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.”