The Electronic Retailing Association

Committee Bulletin: Public Affairs 4Q17

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The ERA Public Affairs Committee discusses current national and European public affairs issues and define ERA Europe's position on them.

From the Public Affairs committee.

We have strengthened our activities in public affairs. At the time of the 2017 €lectronic Home Shopping Conference, ERA Europe joined EMOTA, the European eCommerce and Omni-Channel Association and Sabine Christman, our Self-Regulation Officer and former long term SKY Media lobbyist, ensures that our ideas are developed and heard in Brussels.

The most important issues are:

  • Brexit
  • AVMS
  • e-privacy
  • Regulatory Technical Standard for Strong Customer Authentification
  • Cross Border Parcel Delivery
  • Consumer Protection Cooperation
  • GeoBlocking

European Commission investigating the obligations of traders regarding Online Dispute Resolution Platforms

Brussels, 1st December 2017

The EU Commission has recently carried out a survey (by a German research institute GfK) investigating more than 20.000 online sellers to check if they are compliant with the obligation to display a link to the EU Online Dispute Resolution Platform on their sites. According to the survey less than 30 % of online sellers display the link. Read the full study here:

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/odr-webscraping-study_dec2017_en.pdf

ERA Europe objects to the repeal of the Net Neutrality rules by the FCC

December 15th 2017

The FCC repels the so called NET NEUTRALITY that prohibits broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher quality services and content. Read more

https://era-europe.eu/entries/973-era-europe-objects-to-the-repeal-of-the-net-neutrality-rules-by-the-fcc

ERA Europe to publish position paper on e-privacy

It has represented Multi-Channel platform members, all located within the EU, whose suppliers are mostly small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and heavily dependent on not only their own sales/marketing/consumer data but to a greater extent on data provided by third party data resources in order to correctly analyse and understand their markets and remain competitive. Download the paper to read more

https://era-europe.eu/system/docs/1037/original/E-Privacy_Position_Paper_final.pdf

ERA Europe to publish update on Geo-blocking

ERA Europe update on regulation on unjustified geo-blocking: there will be new rules by end of 2018. Sellers will have an obligation to accept sales to non-domestic consumers as these orders are delivered locally. Read more:

https://era-europe.eu/system/docs/1038/original/Update_on_geo-blocking_Final.pdf

Uber to face stricter EU regulation after ECJ rules it is transport firm

Luxembourg, December 20th, 2017

Uber is a transport services company, the European court of justice (ECJ) has ruled, requiring it to accept stricter regulation and licensing within the EU as a taxi operator.

The court recalled: “It follows that, as EU law currently stands, it is for the member states to regulate the conditions under which such services are to be provided in conformity with the general rules of the treaty on the functioning of the EU. “ Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/20/uber-european-court-of-justice-ruling-barcelona-taxi-drivers-ecj-eu

To read the court ruling:

http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=198047

Safe products in the EU Single Market: Commission acts to reinforce trust

Brussels, 19 December 2017

The Commission is today tabling two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-5301_en.htm

Payment services: Consumers to benefit from cheaper, safer and more innovative electronic payments

Brussels, 12 January 2018

European consumers will be able to reap the full benefits of paying online for goods and services, thanks to new rules that will it make it cheaper, easier and safer to make electronic payments.

The revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), which will apply as of 13 January 2018, aims to modernise Europe's payment services to the benefit of both consumers and businesses, so as to keep pace with this rapidly evolving market. Read more:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-141_en.htm