European Commission launches Digital Market Strategy and Competition Inquiry into E-Commerce
News    ·   03-06-2015

AUTHOR: Sharon Xuereb

On 6 May 2015, the Commission launched a competition inquiry into the E-Commerce Sector, which shall focus in particular on goods and services which feature most in the e-commerce market such as electronics, clothing, shoes and digital content. The investigation was initiated on the basis that ‘European citizens are facing too many barriers to accessing goods and services online across borders.’ The Commission also intends to clamp down on practices that breach EU competition rules on restrictive agreements or abuse of dominant market positions. Barriers may include contractual restrictions in distribution agreements that prevent retailers from selling goods or services purchased online to customers located in another EU country. The markets targeted shall include pharmaceuticals, energy, financial services, information technology and media sectors, market place websites, and generally all entities which have in place distribution arrangements involving online distributors. 

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