ICT in general and the Internet in particular have opened new possibilities for cross-border commerce. While e-commerce has grown spectacularly over the past decades, Europe is still a patchwork of national online markets. As a result, the consumption of goods and services as well as commercial and cultural content, is in large parts still limited to national markets. In part, this can be attributed to legal barriers.
This essay explores the current legal framework for e-commerce in Europe.