François Momboisse, Ecommerce Europe’s President, spoke at a hearing on the Services Directive in the European Parliament last week. Other speakers addressing the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO): Mr Pelkmans from think-tank CEPS, Ms Oomen fromBUSINESSEUROPE, Mr Murray representing the Irish Presidency, Ms Nilsson on behalf of the European trade unions (ETUC), Mr Schranz from the European Consumer Centre and Ms Johansson from the Swedish National Board of trade.
The hearing was an occasion for Ecommerce Europe to become more involved at the parliamentary level providing MEPs and other stakeholders with a strong industry voice. Our President reminded the Committee members of the growth in our e-commerce sector and the fact that the European e-commerce market has become the largest one in the world. On the Services Directive, he emphasised that e-commerce growth is positive for Europe because it generates sustainable activity, provides better choice/prices to consumers, creates jobs, and helps to protect the environment.
F. Momboisse also reached out to the Committee members with ways the institutions could help sustain growth in the sector; particularly through harmonising regulation without over-regulating and by encouraging affordable ‘multi-country solutions’. He also emphasised the need for building trust and confidence for cross-border buyers/sellers through trustmarks and ODR/ADR.
A report on the Services Directive will be released on 15 March, we will keep you informed.