The start of the new mandate of the European Parliament offers an interesting opportunity to meet policymakers early in the legislative cycle. To capitalize on this, Ecommerce Europe took the initiative to organize a “Tour de Bruxelles” for its national associations. The Italian, Dutch and Danish association have already completed their round of introduction meetings with relevant Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and Permanent Representations to the EU. Last week it was the turn of the Romanian e-Commerce Association ARMO and the French association FEVAD.
AMRO and FEVAD came to Brussels on 21 and 22 January to meet with key policymakers. From ARMO, Mr. Florinel Chis, Executive Director of ARMO, and Mr. Oleg Roibu, Vice-President of ARMO met in total with twelve policymakers. Among them were eight Members of the European Parliament coming from the ECON, IMCO, ITRE, LIBE, JURI, TRAN and ENVI committees. Namely, Vlad-Marius Botoş (RE), Carmen Avram (S&D), Nicolae Ştefănută (RE), Dragoş Tudorache (RE), Daniel Buda (EPP), Cristian Terheş (S&D), Loránt Vincze (EPP) and Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP). In addition, they met with the policy advisor of MEP Siegfried Mureşan (EPP) and several representatives of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU, responsible for telecommunications, platforms, Intellectual Property, Internal market, Technical harmonization and more.
The French e-Commerce Association FEVAD also had several successful meetings in Brussel. They met with the office of MEP Pierre Karleskind (RE), who is the Vice-chair of the IMCO Committee working on issues such as consumer law, AI and the Digital Services Act. In addition, FEVAD met with the office of MEP Stéphane Séjourné (RE) from the JURI Committee and the office of Gilles Boyer (RE), from the ECON Committee. Finally, FEVAD visited the Permanent Representation of France to the EU, to discuss e-commerce issues, the digital services act, ePrivacy and many more issues with a French Representative working on these matters.