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E-commerce Proposal goes through

The European Commission has published a Proposal for a
European Parliament and Council Directive on certain legal aspects of electronic commerce in the internal market. The underlying proposal was submitted by the Commission on 23 December 1998.

The Proposal (1999/C 30/04) se...
The European Commission has published a Proposal for a
European Parliament and Council Directive on certain legal aspects of electronic commerce in the internal market. The underlying proposal was submitted by the Commission on 23 December 1998.

The Proposal (1999/C 30/04) seeks to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market, particularly the free movement of Information Society services between the Member States.

It approximates national provisions on Information Society services relating to the internal market arrangements, the establishment of service providers, commercial communications, electronic contracts, the liability of intermediaries, codes of conduct, out-of-court dispute settlements, court actions and cooperation between Member States.

This Proposal complements Community law applicable to Information Society services, without prejudice to the existing level of protection for public health and consumer interests.

Chapter two of the Proposal is divided into four different sections, outlining the principles for the Member States to follow:

- Establishment and information requirements;
- Commercial communications;
- Electronic contracts;
- Liability of intermediaries;

Three years after the adoption of this Proposal, the Commission is to submit to the European Parliament, the Council and the Economic and Social Committee, a report on the application of this Directive, accompanied by proposals for adapting it to developments in the field of Information Society services.

Regarding the implementation of this Proposal, it says that it should enter into force on the twentieth day following the date of its publication in the Official Journals, which was on 5 February 1999.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities
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