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AGENDA/12/1

Brussels, Friday 6 January 2012

Top News from the European Commission
7 January - 3 February 2012

Background notes from the Spokespersons' service for journalists.
The European Commission reserves the right to make changes.

Tuesday 10 January: EU investigates consumer credit websites - a market underperforming for consumers 2

Wednesday 11 January: Breaking down barriers to secure and innovative card, internet and mobile payments 3

Wednesday 11 January: Action plan to double the share of the Internet economy in Europe by 2015 4

Tuesday 10 January: EU investigates consumer credit websites - a market underperforming for consumers

The news:

On 10 January, Commissioner John Dalli will present the initial findings of the 2011 Sweep, an EU-wide investigation of websites offering consumer credit. Enforcers checked whether consumers are receiving the information to which they are entitled under EU consumer law before signing a consumer credit contract. National enforcement authorities checked more than 500 websites offering consumer credit across the 27 Member States plus Norway and Iceland. The sweep operation checked in particular how business is applying the Consumer Credit Directive (recently transposed in Member States), which aims to make it easier for consumers to understand and compare credit offers.

The background:

An "EU-sweep" is a joint EU enforcement action to check for compliance with consumer protection laws. It involves a targeted and coordinated check on a particular sector. National enforcement authorities then follow up, contacting the noncompliant business operators asking that they come into line with the relevant requirements. Legal action can be taken against operators who violate EU consumer law. National authorities investigate and take enforcement actions for national cases. For cross-border cases, enforcement authorities request assistance from colleagues in other Member States (e.g. where the trader operates from another country). This is done via the Consumer Protection Co-operation Network of national enforcement authorities from 27 Member States, Norway & Iceland.

The event:

12.30 Press conference with John Dalli, Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumers together with Ms Teresa Moreira, Director General at the Consumer Directorate-General, Ministry of Economy, Innovation & Development in Portugal, and representative of the Consumer Protection Co-operation Network in Portugal.

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The sources:

European Commission's website on DG Health and Consumers:

Commissioner Dalli's website:

The contacts:

Frederic Vincent +32 2 2987166 frederic.vincent@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 11 January: Breaking down barriers to secure and innovative card, internet and mobile payments

The news:

On 11 January, the European Commission will present a Green Paper seeking the views of stakeholders on the obstacles hindering further integration in the European market for card, internet and mobile payments and how these could be resolved. The deadline for submitting contributions to the consultation will be 11 April 2012.

This Green Paper launching the consultation assesses the current landscape of card, internet and mobile payments in Europe, identifies the gaps between the current situation and the vision of a fully integrated payments market and the barriers which have created these gaps. The objective of the Green Paper is to launch a broad consultation process with stakeholders to validate and contribute to the Commission’s analysis and to help identify the right way to improve market integration and ensure effective competition in these promising payment technologies.

The main issues identified in the paper and on which the Commission is seeking views are:

  • Market access and entry for existing and new service providers

  • Payment security and data protection

  • Transparent and efficient pricing of payment services

  • Technical standardisation

  • Inter-operability between service providers.

The background:

Electronic payments are essential for every consumer, either when buying something at the points-of-sale or while shopping on the internet. Throughout the EU, more than 700 million payment cards are in use, e-commerce is offering tremendous opportunities and the number of smart phones is increasing at a dramatic rate. The Green Paper is a joint initiative of Commissioners Barnier and Almunia.

The event:

12:30 Press conference by Vice-President Kroes, Commissioner Barnier and Commissioner Dalli at in Berlaymont press room on E-commerce directive and on Mobile payments.

Press material will be available on the day.

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The sources:

For information on Payments Services

The contacts:

Chantal Hughes: +32 2 296 44 50 Chantal.Hughes@ec.europa.eu

Carmel Dunne: +32 2 299 88 94 Carmel.Dunne@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 11 January: Action plan to double the share of the Internet economy in Europe by 2015

The news:

In an effort to boost the digital Single market, the Commission will present an action plan on e-commerce and other online services with a target of doubling by 2015 the share of the Internet economy in the EU GDP, as well as that of online sales. To attain these objectives, the Commission proposes actions to achieve:

  • better access of consumers to products and services sold online across the EU (including music or films);

  • an easier way to buy and pay for products online;

  • more efficient and affordable delivery of products across Europe;

  • more transparency on operators and prices on the internet;

  • high speed internet and better communication infrastructure for more citizens;

  • better information and protection against abuses on the internet.

The initiatives complement existing legislation on e-commerce in Europe, in particular the E-commerce Directive. One of the actions to be announced is an initiative on procedures for "notifying-and-action" on illegal content which in particular should contribute to combating online illegality and enhancing legal certainty for online intermediaries.

The background:

The E-commerce Directive, adopted in 2000, sets up an Internal Market framework for electronic commerce, which provides legal certainty for business and consumers alike. It establishes 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.

Examples of services covered by the Directive include online information services (such as online newspapers), online selling of products and services (books, financial services and travel services), online advertising, professional services (lawyers, doctors, estate agents), entertainment services and basic intermediary services (access to the Internet and transmission and hosting of information).

The event:

12.30 Press conference by Vice-President Kroes, Commissioner Barnier and Commissioner Dalli at in Berlaymont press room on E-commerce directive and on Mobile payments.

Press material will be available on the day.

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The sources:

Vice-Président Kroes' web site:

Commissioner Barnier's web site:

Commissioner John Dalli's web site:

Commission's web site:

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/e-commerce/index_en.htm

The contacts:

Chantal Hughes: +32 2 296 44 50 Chantal.Hughes@ec.europa.eu

Carmel Dunne: +32 2 299 88 94 Carmel.Dunne@ec.europa.eu

Ryan Heath +32 2 296 17 16 ryan.heath@ec.europa.eu

Linda Cain +32 2 299 90 19 linda.cain@ec.europa.eu

Frédéric Vincent +32 2 298 71 66 frederic.vincent@ec.europa.eu

Aikaterini Apostola +32 2 298 76 24 aikaterini.apostola@ec.europa.eu


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