The UK government has announced it will hold a seminar on 15 October to examine the effect proposed changes to EU legislation will have on the ecommerce industry.
Around 60 representatives from the UK business, consumer and regulatory sectors will be asked to take part in the event, with invites due to go out later this week, a Department of Trade and Industry spokesman said.
The UK seminar, which will be jointly staged by the DTI and the Lord Chancellors Department, will come three weeks before a similar Europe-wide hearing in Brussels on 4 and 5 November (see earlier story).
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 followed fierce lobbying from business and industry groups, which argued that the move would damage the growth of ecommerce in the region. (see Newswire 9 September 1999)
The Brussels 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.
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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