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The European E-Commerce Conference, now in its 11th year, is the premier gathering for policymakers, regulators, industry leaders, and stakeholders from across Europe. This conference provides a platform for discussing the latest e-commerce policies, regulations, and practices in the EU and beyond.
The conference, which will take place on the 23rd May in Brussels, will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive sessions on a range of topics related to e-commerce policy.
We are pleased to announce that Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, will open this year’s conference.
Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussions, share insights, and network with peers from a range of sectors, including government, industry, and civil society. The conference will also provide a platform for policymakers to exchange best practices and lessons learned in the development and implementation of e-commerce policies and regulations across Europe.
Join us at Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic e-commerce policy conference. Register now and be a part of the future of e-commerce policy in the EU!
Consumer protection and empowerment
SMEs and the digital single market
E-Commerce, sustainability and the European Green Deal
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The European Commission, as part of its New Consumer Agenda, is currently analysing existing EU consumer laws to ensure they are fit for the digital age. The fitness check, launched earlier this year, will focus on updates made by the Omnibus Directive (including the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, Unfair Contract Terms Directive, and the Consumer Rights Directive). It will also consider other consumer legislation, such as the Digital Services Act, Digital Markets Act, Artificial Intelligence Act, and the Data Act. In the context of the digital fairness public consultation and the broader development of the consumer acquis, this session will focus on the latest developments in consumer policy in Europe and how this relates to the successful growth of the single digital single market in the EU.
With SMEs employing more than two-thirds of the European workforce, the EU is working to increase the resilience of SMEs, particularly in the current financial and geopolitical context. However, ensuring the single market provides a level-playing field for SMEs in Europe is an ongoing and evolving project. For SMEs wishing to expand beyond their national borders into other EU markets, the associated potential administrative burden can present a barrier to economic growth, for example, in the case of VAT, where companies must grapple with 27 disparate sets of rules, depending on their geographical footprint. The European Commission seeks to address this issue, and VAT fraud, through the VAT in the Digital Age package and to simplify and tighten the reporting requirements for SMEs within the Union. Additionally, several other areas are subject to current activity, including SMEs and IP protection through the new 2023 SME Fund and continuing work to reduce barriers to trade in goods and services. This session will assess the current state of play regarding SMEs and their essential role in the EU economy. It will seek to identify what is working and what continues to require attention to optimise the ability for SMEs to trade online as freely as possible throughout the Union.
From product design and manufacture to packing and delivery, e-commerce can enable more sustainable production processes and consumption patterns, driving increased circularity within the EU economy. But how can legislators, businesses, and consumers cooperate to ensure that e-commerce contributes its full potential to the European Green Deal? As the number of SMEs trading online increases, how can they be supported to navigate the complex legislative environment and avoid becoming the weak links in the sustainability chain? What are the large online marketplaces and retail platforms’ roles and responsibilities in this greening process? How should product information be provided to consumers to enable them to make more sustainable choices?
The event will be the eleventh edition of the E-Commerce Conference, and will see it return to Brussels for the first time since 2019.
Some images from pervious editions can be found below.
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