Mary Honeyball MEP eBay Press Release

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Mary Honeyball MEP eBay Press Release

  1. 1. MEDIA RELEASE MARY HONEYBALL MEP Labour DATE 16 September 2009 Tel: +44 (0) 7966280542 Email: holly@journalista.co.uk http://thehoneyballbuzz.com London MEP calls for cheaper prices for goods sold online Rules preventing goods, such as Gucci and Sony, being sold via online market places are set to change in face of an international petition, presented at an event hosted by eBay and London MEP Mary Honeyball, in the European Parliament this Thursday. The petition responds to a review, being carried out by European law making body the Commission, looking at anti-internet trade practices that impact online businesses and may result in higher prices for consumers. Over 75,000 people signed the petition calling for free-trade on the internet. If the petition and event are successful then online sellers will be free to sell all goods, whether Hermes scarfs or Hitachi stereos. A boost for small businesses in times of economic instability. Current laws forbid online companies selling a number of products if they do not have a “brick and mortar shop or showroom” and allows manufacturers to impose a number of restrictions on the way even every day goods such as prams and bicycles are sold. Host of the breakfast presentation of eBay!s petition results Mary Honeyball, MEP for London, said: "In these tough economic times European customers and businesses need"to be free to buy and sell all products at the most competitive market"rates available. “The internet provides a way for us to do this, by"creating equal access to goods and services across Europe. “So I"support eBay's call to change outdated European competition laws this"autumn and enable online retailers to sell all goods no matter whether"they originate from Asda, Apple or Armani." ENDS Notes to editors ! 1! 1
  2. 2. Introduction to Conversational French eBay is Launching an ad campaign the UK and Germany to drive further awareness of the campaign, eBay said that its petition would remain open until September 28th and encouraged more European consumers to sign up. The petition can be found at www.ebaycampaigns.com " NOTES TO THE EDITOR " eBay's petition at www.ebaycampaigns.com was launched on 6 July, 2009. In total, 752,605 people have signed the petition, from the following countries: " EU Country ! ! ! ! Signatures ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Austria " " " " " 13,956 Belgium " " " " " 21,972 Bulgaria " " " " " 524 Cyprus " " " " " 348 Czech Republic " " " " 560 Denmark " " " " " 1,059 Estonia " " " " " 153 Finland " " " " " 458 France " " " " " 103,666 Germany " " " " " 200,061 Greece " " " " " 995 Hungary " " " " " 594 Ireland " " " " " 10,325 Italy " " " " " 67,712 Latvia " " " " " 474 Lithuania " " " " " 416 Luxembourg " " " " 755 Malta " " " " " 948 2
  3. 3. Introduction to Conversational French Netherlands " " " " 23,143 Poland " " " " " 8,583 Portugal " " " " " 1,714 Romania " " " " " 454 Slovakia " " " " " 357 Slovenia " " " " " 438 Spain " " " " " 29,000 Sweden " " " " " 3,195 United Kingdom " " " " 251,712 " " " " " " " Total EU " " " " 743,572 Residents Total EFTA residents " " " 4,364 " " " " " " " Total European residents ! ! " 747,936 " " " " " " " Non-European Residents Trading on a European 4,669 eBay site " " " " " " " Total Petition Signatures " " " 752,605 " 3

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