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Common position on information society services

The European Parliament and Council have adopted a common position on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce in the internal market, with a view to adopting a directive on electronic commerce.

The proposed directive seeks to c...
The European Parliament and Council have adopted a common position on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce in the internal market, with a view to adopting a directive on electronic commerce.

The proposed directive seeks to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market by ensuring the free movement of information society services between Member States.

When it is adopted, each Member State must ensure that the information provided by a service provider established on its territory complies with the national provisions applicable in the Member States in question. This is considered necessary for reasons of public policy, protection of public health, public security and for the protection of consumers.

The following information will be required from service providers: name, address, e-mail and communications details, trade register (if applicable), authorisation, professional and regulation requirements (if applicable) and VAT details.

The European Commission will report to the Parliament, the Council and the Economic and Social Committee every two years on the applications of the directive.

Full details of the common position are available on the Official Journal of the European Communities, No C 128 of 8.5.2000, p 32.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities
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