Interested parties will from next week be able to register to attend the European Commission's November hearings into proposed changes to EU legislation affecting ecommerce.
Earlier this month, the EC backed away from plans to push through legislative changes forcing ecommerce retailers to comply with consumer legislation in all member states. The move was influenced by a strident protest lobby, which argued that the move would damage the growth of ecommerce in the region. (see Newswire 9 September 1999)
The EC now plans to hold hearings into the likely impact of proposed changes to the Brussels Convention legislation affecting ecommerce with interested parties in Brussels on 4 and 5 November 1999.
The hearings will be open to anyone with an interest in the jurisdiction issues surrounding ecommerce, and registration details are expected to be available on the EU's Web site at http://europa.eu.int/comm/sg/tfjai/index_fr.htm, from next week.
Interested parties will also be invited to post their views on the Web site in advance of the hearing date, which the Commission also plans to broadcast on the Internet, according to an EU spokeswoman.
In the UK, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Lord Chancellor's Department have announced plans to hold their own industry seminar on the issue in October but have yet to announce a date.
A forum organised by London law firm Dibb Lupton Alsop in Brussels earlier this month to protest the EU's proposed changes attracted more than 50 delegates from firms including IBM, Intel and Barclays Bank.
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