Delegates from around 50 multinational merchants and industry associations are meeting at a one day forum in Brussels next week to mount a challenge to draft European Union legislation governing ecommerce.
Two months ago, the EU revealed plans to introduce consumer protection legislation which would make ecommerce retailers subject to the different laws of all 15 members states, rather than just those of the country in which they are based. (see Newswire 22 July, 1999)
Brussels based Internet lawyer Mike Pullen, of Dibb, Lupton Alsop, has mounted a protest campaign against the proposed legislation, which he believes will stifle the growth of ecommerce in Europe.
Pullen maintains that having to comply with multiple sets of trading regulations will make online selling too complex and expensive for small and medium merchants.
The Ecommerce and Jurisdiction Forum is to be held at the European Parliament on 9 September and will canvass the issues surrounding the legislation.
Speakers will include MPs from the European Parliment's legal affairs and industry and external trade committees.
Pullen said delegates from 27 well known companies and organisations had already pledged to attend the event, with many more expected to sign up in the next week.
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