On 19 and 20 February, Ecommerce Europe organized its first working committee meetings of 2020, where members from all over Europe gathered in Brussels. With the week being packed with the recent “digital” publications of the European Commission, it was a perfect moment to discuss Ecommerce Europe’s activities and priorities for 2020 with the members.
Ecommerce Europe kicked off the 2-day meetings with the e-Regulations Working Committee. During the meeting, a representative of the European Commission’s DG JUST spoke about the new rules on price reductions that will be introduced in EU consumer law, a topic on which Ecommerce Europe is very active. Other items on the agenda were the ongoing discussions around the Digital Services Act Package, Product Safety, Digital Taxation and the Geo-blocking Regulation. Following e-Regulations, members of the Trustmark Working Committee started discussing the future plans for the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark scheme. To conclude the day, the e-Logistics Working Group focused on updating members on the most pressing issues in the parcel delivery area, both at EU and global level. Members discussed the ongoing work on the EU VAT E-commerce Reform, the Revision of the Postal Services Directive (PSD) and the ongoing discussions on opening up the Universal Postal Union to the wider postal stakeholders.
The second day of meetings kicked off with the Digital Transactions and Innovation Working Committee. Two guest speakers gave a presentation, one on the future of the Payment Services Directive 2 and European schemes and the second one on insights into developments in interchange fees. On the same day, Ecommerce Europe organized the first meeting of its Sustainability Working Group. With the transition towards a circular, climate-neutral economy being the key priority of the new European Commission, Ecommerce Europe recognizes that the digital commerce sector can and should make a positive contribution to this transition. During the meeting, Ecommerce Europe members discussed the impact of the latest policy developments in the field of sustainability on the e-commerce sector and defined the priority areas to focus on. The working group will start working on a collaborative Ecommerce & Sustainability report to present facts and figures on the impact of the e-commerce industry on the environment in Europe. In this group, members will also have the opportunity to share challenges they come across in their countries and learn from each other, by sharing best practices in the field of sustainability. With the creation of this new Working Group, Ecommerce Europe sets out to make a positive contribution and continue to work towards a sustainable and circular retail sector.
The next Working Committee meetings will take place during the Member Days on 23 and 24 April in Copenhagen, Denmark, where Ecommerce Europe is kindly hosted by the Danish e-commerce association FDIH.