On 22-23 November, Ecommerce Europe welcomed national and sector specific legal, payments and logistics experts, including from the European Commission, to a series of Working Committee meetings in Brussels.
Bringing together relevant stakeholders and policy experts, these discussions are the driving force of Ecommerce Europe. They represent an additional opportunity for members to be updated on what is happening at EU level and on the work done by the Brussels Secretariat, while participating in deciding what will be the positions and the next steps of the European association.
These two days of discussions started with the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark Committee meeting, where members discussed how to further improve the Trustmark. The Ecommerce Europe Trustmark stimulates cross-border e-commerce through better protection for consumers and merchants by establishing one European set of rules and by ensuring clear communication of these rules.
High-level discussion forum complements e-Payments Working Committee
On 22 November, the e-Payments Working Committee discussed ongoing policy debates in the EU, with a specific focus on the European Banking Authority and European Commission’s Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on Strong Costumer Authentication (SCA). The Committee also welcomed Paul Thomalla from ACI Worldwide, who presented the conclusion of ACI’s Payment Innovation Report 2017. The Working Committee meeting was followed by a high-level discussion forum on the RTS on SCA with the participation of the European Commission’s DG FISMA and industry stakeholders. The discussion asked the question “The EBA RTS on SCA – a danger to European e-commerce?”. Following the discussion forum, the European Commission adopted and published its final RTS on 27 November. Please find Ecommerce Europe’s Press Release here.
Packed schedule for the e-Regulations Working Committee
On 23 November, representatives from the different e-commerce associations and companies discussed about privacy, data protection, geo-blocking, online platforms and many other topics covered by the e-Regulations Working Committee. Specifically, in relation to privacy, two high-level representatives from the European Commission joined the meeting to discuss about the proposed ePrivacy Regulation and its impact on the e-commerce industry. The members of the e-Regulations Committee had fruitful discussions with Ms. Despina Spanou, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, and Ms. Rosa Barcelo, Deputy Head of Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit at DG CONNECT. The exchange of views helped in clarifying specific issues related to the proposed regulation.
Ecommerce Europe launches new expert Taskforce on e-Logistics
On the same day, Ecommerce Europe launched a new expert Taskforce on e-Logistics, to further boost the European e-commerce association’s solid expertise in parcel delivery. Its objective is creating a platform where several stakeholders can exchange information, ideas and best practices. composed of stakeholders.
The next working committee meetings of Ecommerce Europe will take place on 6-7 February 2018 in Brussels. If you want to have more information on how to get involved in shaping e-commerce related EU policies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.