Meeting of the E-Payments and E-Regulations Committees

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On Wednesday 12 December and Thursday 13 December, the E-Payments and E-Regulations committees held meetings in Brussels. The E-Payments Committee discussed the program for the upcoming Global Ecommerce summit, which will be held from the 2nd to the 4th of June in Barcelona.

Other subjects of importance discussed by the committee were the E-Identification and Trusts Services for Electronic Transactions and the Initiatives on Payments. During the meeting on Thursday 13 December, the E-Regulations Committee discussed Data Protection Regulation and E-Privacy (including the Directive on Cookies), online contracts and Consumer Protection (including CRD and the Common European Sales Law), the Green Paper on Parcel Deliveries, and upcoming new legal and regulatory issues.

Upcoming actions for Ecommerce Europe
During these meetings, the outlines and priorities for lobbying activities for the upcoming year were also outlined. In regards to the Data Protection Regulation, as the report is to be published in early 2013, Ecommerce Europe will prepare meetings with the Rapporteur in the LIBE committee MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, Germany) the shadow rapporteurs in the various committees submitting opinions, and Ecommerce Europe’s draft position paper on the dossier will be finalized in early January.

Ecommerce Europe is also planning to send letters to members of the European institutions in regards to the Directive on Cookies. On that dossier, a digital application (tablets, smartphones, etc.) has been developed by Becommerce, which allows the public to check information about EU member states’ legislation on Cookies, will be finalized and made available to the public (announced through a press release). On the Green Paper on Parcel Deliveries dossier, it was also agreed that Ecommerce Europe would draft an answer by the middle of January 2013. The creation of a Logistics Committee within Ecommerce Europe was also addressed, and a chairman for the committee will be appointed. In the meantime, the E-Regulations committee will serve as the “ad hoc” committee.

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