New laws to tackle cross-border rogue trading move a step closer
Updated rules to better protect consumers from cross-border scams and rogue traders will be voted on by MEPs this autumn. Under an agreement reached on the new laws a database and information exchange system will provide early warning of cross border issues and the EU will be able to investigate cases Member States deem a “widespread infringement with an EU dimension”. Over recent years there have been a number of instances of online ‘scams’ moving from one country to another throughout the EU to avoid detection and punishment.
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee last week approved the agreement reached with the Council of Ministers that will update the EU’s Consumer Protection Co-operation Regulation to take account of these new challenges.
Slovakian MEP Richard Sulik, the ECR’s Shadow Rapporteur for the report, said:
“If we are serious about enforcing existing legislation and creating a digital single market then earning consumers’ and businesses’ trust in e-commerce is essential. As part of this we must facilitate efficiently cross border co-operation between authorities which ensure that rules are respected throughout the single market.”
ECR Flemish MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt who chairs the parliament’s internal market committee said:
“With these new powers Member States are better placed to detect infringements of consumer law online, helping us to put a stop to rogue traders and scams more easily. We want to help people feel more confident shopping online and these new laws will go some way to ensuring e-commerce in the EU is safer and more secure.”
The agreement will now pass to the whole parliament in September 2017 for approval before entering into EU law.