EC reveals plans for a Digital Single Market
This month the EC revealed its "Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe"; a document setting out a number of proposed activities aimed at the development and advancement of new…
Published 18 June 2015
The European Commission is looking into identifying possible competition issues in the e-commerce environment and has launched a sector inquiry. The inquiry will be focusing on potential anti-competitive barriers put up by companies in respect of online trade in goods and services where e-commerce is most extensive, including digital content.
The Commission has noted that despite the fact that increasingly more goods and services are traded over the internet, cross-border online sales within the EU are growing relatively slowly.
Under EU antitrust rules the Commission can require companies to supply certain information or documents as part of a sector inquiry. The outcome of the inquiry is intended to contribute to better enforcement of competition law in the e-commerce sector. The Commission has stated that it expects to publish a preliminary report for consultation in mid-2016, and the final report is expected in the first quarter of 2017.
To view the European Commission's press release, please click here.
No action until report published.