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EU: Consultation on the E-Commerce-Directive

In the context of the application of the E-Commerce Directive of 2000, which harmonised rules on issues such as the transparency and information requirements for online service providers, commercial communications, electronic contracts and limitations of liability of intermediary service providers, the EU Commission commissioned two studies respectively on its economic impact and on the application of the provisions on the liability of internet intermediaries. They were completed in 2007, but published just recently, probably due to "internal differences". There are 25 reports highlighting how the different member states deal with the liability of internet intermediaries.


On August 10, 2010 the Commission launched a consultation on the E-Commerce Directive. Issues covered in the consultation include: commercial communications of regulated professions such as pharmacists and lawyers; the development of the online press, the issue of the liability of internet intermediaries, administrative cooperation, on-line dispute resolution, etc. The result of this work will be taken into account in the Commissionís deliberations with a view to the adoption in the first half of 2011 of a Communication on electronic commerce. This might be the first step towards a revision of the E-Commerce Directive, especially its rules on liability!




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