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Presentation and discussion Arbeitskreis Recht
Händlerbund
Page: 1
e-Regulations
Léon Mölenberg
Senior Policy Advisor of Ecommerce Europe
© Ecommerce Europe
Introductory presentation to the Arbeitskreis Recht Händlerbund
on the e-Regulations Working Committee
Léon Mölenberg, Senior Policy Advisor Ecommerce Europe Leipzig, 30 September
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
The VOICE of the e-commerce industry in the European
policy landscape
Representing 25.000+ companies through lobbying,
advocacy and networking
Ecommerce Europe
Page: 3
18 National associations
36 Company members
36 Business partners
515 Registered web shops
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
About Ecommerce Europe
Page: 4
Audrey Keukens
Secretary General a.i.
Stefanie Ros
Policy Advisor
Luca Cassetti
Policy Advisor
Léon Mölenberg
Senior Policy
Advisor
The team in Brussels 3 Working Committees Board of Directors & Executive Committee
o e-Regulations
o e-Payments
o e-Logistics (working group)
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
• Research reports
• Survey “Barriers to Growth”
• European Trustmark
• Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference
Focus on projects
Page: 5
Your one stop shop for all e-commerce related matters
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
Unlock the potential of cross-
border e-commerce in Europe
Mission Ecommerce Europe
Page: 6
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
• Ecommerce Europe Working
Committees’ participants flag issues
• Ecommerce Europe translates these into
lobbying priorities
• Ecommerce Europe collaborates with
stakeholders to get message across
How does that work?
Page: 7
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
Advocacy and Lobbying
80% of national legislations come from Brussels
Impact on national and local economic actors
Necessity to influence policy framework starting from Brussels
Unlock the potential of cross-border e-commerce
Page: 8
The importance of lobbying next to market solutions
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
Ecommerce Europe
Other stakeholders
National associations
Lobbying targets
Page: 9
European Commission
Council of the European
Union
European Parliament
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
Dealing with a broad range of different topics. Current main
priorities are:
1. Data Protection and e-Privacy
2. Consumer policies
3. Competition issues
4. VAT and Taxation issues
The e-Regulations Working Committee
Page: 10
Main topics
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
Key messages of Ecommerce Europe:
• Harmonize privacy and data protection legislations while recognizing the potential of
innovation
• Recognize the need for electronic communication and the possibilities of data-driven
marketing in the business model of online merchants
Most recent actions:
• Draft amendments ahead of the launch of trialogue negotiations of DPR of June
• Ongoing lobbying cooperation with the ICDP (Industry Coalition for Data Protection)
• Upcoming new Position Paper on Data Protection and e-Privacy
The e-Regulations Working Committee
Page: 11
1. Data Protection and e-Privacy
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
Key messages of Ecommerce Europe:
• Evaluate the Consumer Rights Directive (CRD) rapidly
• Simplify consumer rules
• Fully harmonize legal framework for the sale of goods, services and digital content
• Support for industry-led Trustmark schemes for B2C e-commerce
Most recent actions:
• Answer to EU Commission’s public consultation on contract rules for online purchases
of digital content and tangible goods
• Start our own evaluation of the CRD
• Participate in ODR platform tests
• Upcoming new Consumer Policies Position Paper
The e-Regulations Working Committee
Page: 12
2. Consumer policies
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
Key messages of Ecommerce Europe:
• Recognize economic freedom and freedom of entrepreneurial activity for a balanced
approach towards differentiation
• Geo-blocking can be justified IF there are objective reasons for doing so
• Stimulate innovation and the entry of new players into the market
• Strengthen and fasten pan-European action for fair competition
Most recent actions:
• Carefully monitor EU Commission’s antitrust inquiry in e-commerce
• Carefully monitor upcoming EU Commission’s public consultation on online platforms
• Upcoming new Competition Position Paper
The e-Regulations Working Committee
Page: 13
3. Competition issues
© Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu
Key messages of Ecommerce Europe:
• Extend the Mini One stop Shop (MOSS) to all (tangible) goods and services sold online
to consumers
• Establish a common European exemption threshold for the destination principle
• Harmonize VAT rates as much as possible
• Harmonized EU VAT system in the long-term
Most recent actions:
• Participate in and give a presentation on VAT-related barriers to cross-border e-
commerce at EU Commission’s Fiscalis Seminar in Dublin (Sept. 2015)
• Answer to upcoming EU Commission’s public consultation on VAT rules (end September
2015)
The e-Regulations Working Committee
Page: 14
4. Taxation issues
© Ecommerce Europe
Thank you!
Questions? info@ecommerce-europe.eu or Twitter: @Ecommerce_EU

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Ecommerce europe - e-regulations update

  • 1. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Presentation and discussion Arbeitskreis Recht Händlerbund Page: 1 e-Regulations Léon Mölenberg Senior Policy Advisor of Ecommerce Europe
  • 2. © Ecommerce Europe Introductory presentation to the Arbeitskreis Recht Händlerbund on the e-Regulations Working Committee Léon Mölenberg, Senior Policy Advisor Ecommerce Europe Leipzig, 30 September
  • 3. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu The VOICE of the e-commerce industry in the European policy landscape Representing 25.000+ companies through lobbying, advocacy and networking Ecommerce Europe Page: 3 18 National associations 36 Company members 36 Business partners 515 Registered web shops
  • 4. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu About Ecommerce Europe Page: 4 Audrey Keukens Secretary General a.i. Stefanie Ros Policy Advisor Luca Cassetti Policy Advisor Léon Mölenberg Senior Policy Advisor The team in Brussels 3 Working Committees Board of Directors & Executive Committee o e-Regulations o e-Payments o e-Logistics (working group)
  • 5. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu • Research reports • Survey “Barriers to Growth” • European Trustmark • Ecommerce Europe Annual Conference Focus on projects Page: 5 Your one stop shop for all e-commerce related matters
  • 6. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Unlock the potential of cross- border e-commerce in Europe Mission Ecommerce Europe Page: 6
  • 7. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu • Ecommerce Europe Working Committees’ participants flag issues • Ecommerce Europe translates these into lobbying priorities • Ecommerce Europe collaborates with stakeholders to get message across How does that work? Page: 7
  • 8. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Advocacy and Lobbying 80% of national legislations come from Brussels Impact on national and local economic actors Necessity to influence policy framework starting from Brussels Unlock the potential of cross-border e-commerce Page: 8 The importance of lobbying next to market solutions
  • 9. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Ecommerce Europe Other stakeholders National associations Lobbying targets Page: 9 European Commission Council of the European Union European Parliament
  • 10. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Dealing with a broad range of different topics. Current main priorities are: 1. Data Protection and e-Privacy 2. Consumer policies 3. Competition issues 4. VAT and Taxation issues The e-Regulations Working Committee Page: 10 Main topics
  • 11. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Key messages of Ecommerce Europe: • Harmonize privacy and data protection legislations while recognizing the potential of innovation • Recognize the need for electronic communication and the possibilities of data-driven marketing in the business model of online merchants Most recent actions: • Draft amendments ahead of the launch of trialogue negotiations of DPR of June • Ongoing lobbying cooperation with the ICDP (Industry Coalition for Data Protection) • Upcoming new Position Paper on Data Protection and e-Privacy The e-Regulations Working Committee Page: 11 1. Data Protection and e-Privacy
  • 12. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Key messages of Ecommerce Europe: • Evaluate the Consumer Rights Directive (CRD) rapidly • Simplify consumer rules • Fully harmonize legal framework for the sale of goods, services and digital content • Support for industry-led Trustmark schemes for B2C e-commerce Most recent actions: • Answer to EU Commission’s public consultation on contract rules for online purchases of digital content and tangible goods • Start our own evaluation of the CRD • Participate in ODR platform tests • Upcoming new Consumer Policies Position Paper The e-Regulations Working Committee Page: 12 2. Consumer policies
  • 13. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Key messages of Ecommerce Europe: • Recognize economic freedom and freedom of entrepreneurial activity for a balanced approach towards differentiation • Geo-blocking can be justified IF there are objective reasons for doing so • Stimulate innovation and the entry of new players into the market • Strengthen and fasten pan-European action for fair competition Most recent actions: • Carefully monitor EU Commission’s antitrust inquiry in e-commerce • Carefully monitor upcoming EU Commission’s public consultation on online platforms • Upcoming new Competition Position Paper The e-Regulations Working Committee Page: 13 3. Competition issues
  • 14. © Ecommerce Europe www.ecommerce-europe.eu Key messages of Ecommerce Europe: • Extend the Mini One stop Shop (MOSS) to all (tangible) goods and services sold online to consumers • Establish a common European exemption threshold for the destination principle • Harmonize VAT rates as much as possible • Harmonized EU VAT system in the long-term Most recent actions: • Participate in and give a presentation on VAT-related barriers to cross-border e- commerce at EU Commission’s Fiscalis Seminar in Dublin (Sept. 2015) • Answer to upcoming EU Commission’s public consultation on VAT rules (end September 2015) The e-Regulations Working Committee Page: 14 4. Taxation issues
  • 15. © Ecommerce Europe Thank you! Questions? info@ecommerce-europe.eu or Twitter: @Ecommerce_EU