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Commission recommendation on legal aspects of electronic data interchange

The European Commission has published its recommendation relating to the legal aspects of electronic data interchange (EDI).

The Commission recommends that economic operators and organizations conducting their trading activities by EDI use the European Model EDI Agreement. Th...
The European Commission has published its recommendation relating to the legal aspects of electronic data interchange (EDI).

The Commission recommends that economic operators and organizations conducting their trading activities by EDI use the European Model EDI Agreement. The Agreement is contained in the annex to the recommendation. The Commission also recommends that Member States provide the most appropriate measures to achieving the implementation of the "European Model EDI Agreement".

The Commission recommendation notes that the use of a "European Model Agreement" would contribute to the promotion of EDI by providing a flexible and concrete approach to the legal issues raised by the use of EDI, encouraging cooperation between users for the exchange of EDI messages.

The use of a "European EDI Model Agreement" would improve the legal framework by providing a uniform approach to legal issues. It would also increase the legal certainty for trading partners and reduce the uncertainty arising from the use of EDI. It would also avoid the need for every organization, especially SMEs, to draft their own "Interchange Agreement" and the duplication that this involves.

The "European Model EDI Agreement" aims at ensuring an appropriate protection of confidential and personal data, particularly in view of the proposal for a Council Directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (COM(92) 422 final - SYN 287).
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