Fw: Greens welcome passage of e-commerce directive
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Subject: Greens welcome passage of e-commerce directive
> Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament
> Press Release
> Brussels, 4 May 2000
> GREEN/EFA GROUP WELCOME PASSAGE OF E-COMMERCE DIRECTIVE
> The Green/ European Free Alliance Group today welcomed the passage of the
E-Commerce Directive after unprecedented cross-party co-operation in
Committee and in full Parliamentary Session, accepting Council's position.
Commenting on its importance for the periphery of Europe, Neil MacCormick
> "It is imperative for consumers and for businesses throughout the Union to
have a legal framework speedily brought into force to regulate this rapidly
developing domain in a fair and balanced way. E-commerce offers the
prospect for 'peripheral' countries like Scotland to have as complete access
in reality to the single market as players nearer the 'centre'.
> "But it is also imperative that we put effort into securing for all our
people the opportunities implicit in this. Social exclusion implies
E-exclusion, and every effort must be made to secure for all our citizens
the means of access and the competence to use these means. There are
formidable challenges ahead if we are to take full advantage of this new and
vital medium for transactions."
> Of course, there were imperfections in a Directive that was reached by
compromise, but the Greens/EFA were glad that concerns expressed by MEP
Nuala Ahern at Committee had been taken on board by the Commission and were
accepted by Parliament as riders to the endorsement of the Council Common
Position. Said Mrs Ahern:
> "The huge growth in electronic commerce and the uncertainty in a number of
areas about how existing legislation can be applied to the on-line provision
of services meant that the adoption of the e-commerce directive was urgent.
But the directive is far from perfect and the Commission must actively
monitor its implementation.
> "I am particularly concerned about the strong prominence placed on
self-regulation, and the insufficient participation of consumers. The lack
of accountability of intermediaries is also of grave concern and it is
vital, given the speed with which illegal information can be transmitted on
the Internet, that servers can be identified, without having to resort
systematically to expensive and lengthy court procedures.
> "That is why put forward amendments to the directive and I welcome the
Commission's commitment to draft codes of conduct. And I hope the
Commission will stick to its word and put forward stronger, more
consumer-orientated provisions when it comes to the directive's three-year
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