On 23 and 24 September, Ecommerce Europe hosted its Working Committee meetings in Brussels, for the first time since the merger with the EMOTA. In addition to the Working Committee meetings, Ecommerce Europe organised a successful Roundtable discussion on Strong Customer Authentication.
We kicked-off those two exciting days with the e-Regulations Committee, where members had the occasion to discuss the developments of the Digital Services Act with Mr. Werner Stengg, Head of Unit E-Commerce and Platforms at the European Commission’s DG CONNECT.
Werner Stengg explained that the existing e-Commerce Directive from 2000was not designed to address today’s digital challenges and why it would need an update, probably by means of a new law (the Digital Services Act), if the European Commission finally decides to pursue this road. In addition, the e-Regulations Working Committee exchanged views on the new, unclear rules on announcement of price reductions by traders that will be introduced by the Omnibus Directive, the development of Codes of Conduct in the framework of the Platform-to-Business Regulation and some more topics.
On 24 September, Ecommerce Europe organized a Roundtable on the implementation of the Regulatory Technical Standards on Strong Customer Authentication. 10 days after the entry into application of the standards, representatives of the European Commission and the European Banking Authority, as well as representatives from various sectors gathered to take stock of the recent development and discuss the way forward. Participants stressed the need for a harmonized 18-month migration plan, which was already previously highlighted in a joint-industry letter co-signed by Ecommerce Europe. The roundtable was followed by the Digital transactions Working Committee where next steps were discussed regarding the implementation of the Strong Customer Authentication, and other priorities for the upcoming year.