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European Commission Publishes E-commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report: 4 Key Takeaways

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The final report indicates future enforcement trends related to vertical restraints, pricing and big data. On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (Commission) published its final report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry...more

Digital Single Market: the European Commission Takes Stock and Defines Future Priorities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Commission’s mid-term review assesses the progress of DSM initiatives and sets new goals for on data economy, cybersecurity and online platforms. On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its mid-term review...more

Digital Single Market: Commission takes stock at halftime

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Commission is taking stock of what has been accomplished regarding its Strategy for a Digital Single Market. Two years ago, on 6 May 2015, Commissioners Oettinger and Ansip announced their strategy to create a...more

European Commission Prioritizes Completion of Digital Single Market

by Jones Day on

Since May 2015, the European Commission ("Commission") has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top-ten political priorities. The Digital Single Market Strategy ("Strategy") aims at ensuring...more

EU Commission agrees new rules allowing Europeans to watch online content services across EU borders

by Hogan Lovells on

On 7 February, negotiators for the European Parliament, Member States and the Commission agreed the proposal for a regulation on EU cross-border portability of online content services. This is the first agreement relating to...more

EU Commission Gets Serious About Geo-Blocking

by Bryan Cave on

On 2 February 2017, the EU Commission simultaneously launched three investigations into the e-commerce sector. What is significant about this latest development is that it shows that e-commerce is a clear priority area in...more

EU: Customs enforcement of IP rights in light of the Commission's recently-released strategy for the Customs Union

by Hogan Lovells on

In a communication dated 21 December 2016, the European Commission lays out its long-term strategic vision for the management of the Customs Union, one of the basic pillars of the European Union. The executive of the European...more

Proposed Legislation Could Extend Geoblocking Restrictions to Traders’ Unilateral Conduct

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 28 November, the Council of the EU (‘Council’) reached an agreement (‘Common Position’) on the draft Regulation intended to ban “unjustified” geo-blocking and other discriminatory practices that prevent end user customers...more

Something for everyone? The European Commission’s Winter “Clean Energy” Package on Energy Union (November 2016)

by Dentons on

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission officially unveiled the latest instalment of its ongoing Energy Union initiative, which will reform some of the central pieces of EU energy legislation. Referred to in advance as...more

European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation Prohibiting Geo-Blocking by Online Traders and Content Publishers

As part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers located in other EU Member...more

European Commission’s Preliminary Report in the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry: Highlighting Risk Areas for Suppliers of Branded Goods

by K&L Gates LLP on

In September, the European Commission published its much-awaited Preliminary Report in the e-Commerce Sector Inquiry, launched last May 2015. Although the primary focus of the Commission’s Inquiry is on restrictions limiting...more

A New European Electronic Communications Code… And Some Other Changes

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 14 the European Commission (EC) unveiled a series of measures of different legal nature, which together represent a very important and long-term effort to review the European telecommunications policy and legal...more

Updating EU Copyright Law in Digital Times

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 14, 2016, the European Commission (Commission) presented the Copyright reform, a legislative “Package” to promote a “more competitive European copyright-based economy in the Digital Single Market” (DSM). In...more

E-Commerce: The European Commission Completes Its Preliminary Report on the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In May 2015, the European Commission (the Commission) launched a sector inquiry in the field of e-commerce in the context of its Digital Single Market strategy. Its aim was to obtain an overview of prevailing market trends,...more

European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation on Geo-Blocking – Will It Unblock ECommerce Across the EU?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers based on nationality or location. The...more

The Digital Single Market Strategy: One Year On

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In May 2015, the European Commission announced its Digital Single Market Strategy to accelerate the creation of a digital single market (DSM) across the EU. The EU’s aim is to broaden access to e-commerce, media and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Agencies Issue Proposal on Method to Adjust Threshold for Exempting Small Loans from Special Appraisal Requirements - On July 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office...more

EU Retail News - July 2016

by Bryan Cave on

BREXIT – THE NEXT STEPS - Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past –...more

New Rules (and Prohibitions) to Promote E-Commerce in Europe

by K&L Gates LLP on

Anyone who has gone through the experience of purchasing a product or a service online in Europe has gone through at least one of these experiences, or all of them: a message informs you that a product or service is not...more

New EU e-Commerce rules are set to facilitate online buying and selling in the single market

by Bryan Cave on

On 25 May 2016, and following an in-depth sector inquiry and consultation period, the European Commission (“EC”) published proposals for a set of new e-Commerce rules. The EC believes that this three-pronged strategy will...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2016

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Resale Price Maintenance is Just as Bad Online - Two recent UK cases have demonstrated once again that any form of resale price maintenance (RPM) in relation to online sales will be treated just as harshly as RPM...more

Alert: European Commission Announces Initiative Package

by Cooley LLP on

As noted in earlier alerts from May and October, the European Commission is in the process of implementing a wide-ranging strategy to create a genuine 'Digital Single Market' across the EU. Essentially, the Commission's...more

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission)...more

Digital Single Market update – revised cross-border portability of online content services proposal leaked

by Dentons on

In December 2015 we published a briefing on the European Commission's proposal and draft Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the EU. By way of reminder, the Regulation seeks to...more

Alert: EU Sector Inquiry Highlights Online 'Geo-Blocking' – Future Enforcement Action Likely

by Cooley LLP on

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published an issues paper presenting its initial findings on "geo-blocking", as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into competition in the EU e-commerce sector. This sector...more

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