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Impact and state of implementation of the Late Payment Directive in the Member States

IMCO
Paul Henri Spaak building, room 3C50
Close up on a file tab with the word invoice and a note where it is handwritten unpaid with blur effect. Close up on a file tab with the word invoice and a note where it is handwritten unpaid with blur effect.
late payments © Image used under the license from Shutterstock.com

On 12 July IMCO held a public hearing on the implementation of the Late Payment Directive. The first panel examined business-to-business (B2B) transactions, featuring speakers representing business associations. The second panel focused on public authorities-to-businesses transactions (P2B), with speakers concentrating on problems reported on the ground and on measures that could be employed by public administrations to tackle this issue.

The hearing would also provide input for an IMCO implementation report on the same topic, to be elaborated later this year.


Better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules

IMCO
Paul-Henri Spaak building, room 3C50
Consumer Rights Protection Regulation Concept Consumer Rights Protection Regulation Concept
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On 11 July IMCO held a public hearing on the post-REFIT proposal on the revision of consumer law. Members, and experts discussed on better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules. The hearing also provided input for an IMCO implementation report on the same topic, to be elaborated later this year.


Addressing unfair trading practices in B2B relations in the online environment

IMCO
József Antall building, room 4Q1
Addressing unfair trading practices in B2B relations in the online environment Addressing unfair trading practices in B2B relations in the online environment
unfair trading practices B2B © European Parliament (2018)

The hearing addressed broadly the emergence of unfair practices in platform to business relationships bearing in mind the increasingly important role of online platforms as vehicles for market access and explored any problems that may arise in terms of lack of redress and more broadly the risk of fragmentation in the internal market. Experts, stakeholders and policy makers exchanged views with the Members.


The EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the DSM

IMCO
József Antall building, room 4Q1
The EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the DSM The EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the DSM
illegal content online © European Parliament (2018)

IMCO committee held a public hearing on the 'EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the digital single market: Towards a balanced and predictable overall liability regime for online platforms'. The hearing brought together a number of experts and speakers representing views of online intermediaries, stakeholders, academia and MS authorities to exchange on the existing and the potential future approaches and measures towards tackling, in a balanced & efficient way,

illegal digital content while taking into consideration the existing EU horizontal legal framework and the e- commerce directive 200/31/EC in particular. The hearing also discussed the way forward proposed in the EU Communication, and the non-binding measures/guidance recommended most recently in the EC Recommendation as well as different approaches to tackling illegal content in the EU adopted by the MS, the experience and good practices developed through voluntary measures, alternative dispute resolutions, cooperation with law enforcement authorities, remedies/redress, and impact on the efficiency and smooth functioning of the Single Market.


The Goods Package

IMCO
Basket with the European Union map Basket with the European Union map
Public hearing on The Goods package © European Union (2018) - European Parliament

The hearing will be organised in 5 panel discussions with invited experts to discuss the recently adopted Goods Package: Proposal for a Regulation on the Mutual Recognition of Goods and Proposal for a Regulation on Compliance and Enforcement.

The first panel will exchange views on Member States' experiences with the administration of the current goods framework, i.e. the Mutual Recognition Regulation and the Market Surveillance Regulation of 2008. The second panel will provide insight into the practical challenges with products entering EU from third countries. The third panel will present the new proposed problem solving procedure as well as explain more about the current SOLVIT mechanism. The fourth and fifth panels will focus on the business experience and shine light on the impact on consumers.


European Services e-card

IMCO
Jozsef Antall (6Q2)
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Hearing European Services e-card © European Union (2017)

The hearing will be organised in 2 panel discussions with invited experts. The first panel of experts will exchange views on "Tackling administrative and regulatory barriers in the Services market" with a focus on whether there is a case for the Services e-card, whether COM proposal is the appropriate measure to tackle persisting problems, and whether it will lower the existing barriers. The second panel will provide a more detailed and critical look on the Services e-card proposal.


European Electronic Communications Code

IMCO
poster for the public hearing on European Electronic Communications Code - boosting consumer confidence, connectivity and innovation? poster for the public hearing on European Electronic Communications Code - boosting consumer confidence, connectivity and innovation?
poster EECC © European Union (2017) - European Parliament

On 21 March, IMCO will hold a public hearing on the proposed directive establishing a European Electronic Communications Code (ITRE lead Committeee, IMCO associated Committee with Dita Charanzova, ALDE, as rapporteur). The hearing will focus on the main areas under IMCO competence and will be divided into two Panels: one focusing on new approaches to Universal Service Obligation, and the other one on end-user rights in the electronic communications sector.

The consideration of the draft opinion is scheduled to take place on 2/3 May. Deadline for amendments is on 10 May at 12h. The IMCO vote is foreseen for 21/22 June 2017.


European Standards for the 21st Century

IMCO
Altiero Spinelli (ASP) building, room 3G3
Poster for the public hearing on European Standards for the 21st century Poster for the public hearing on European Standards for the 21st century
Poster hearing standards © European Parliament (2017)

IMCO held a public hearing on European Standards for the 21st Century. The hearing consisted of two panels. Panel one was focus on innovative, interconnected and interoperable standards for the future and panel two wasl focus on how to make standards serve a modern inclusive society. Members had the opportunity to discuss this issue with experts present at the hearing.


European Youth Hearing (EYE2016)

IMCO
Altiero Spinelli building, room 1G3
European Youth Hearing in IMCO European Youth Hearing in IMCO
EYE 2016 © European Union (2016)

Thousands of young people took part in the European Youth Event (#EYE2016) at the EP in Strasbourg last May with the aim of producing ideas for Europe’s future. Former EYE2016 participants presented some of the most impactful ideas collected and exchanged views with MEPs, with the aim of having an impact on the future agenda of the EU and make positive change. The topics for the IMCO committee meeting covered consumer protection, collaborative online economy and cibersecurity.


The revision of the Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation

IMCO
Altiero Spinelli building, room 1G3
poster for the IMCO hearing on Consumer Protection Cooperation poster for the IMCO hearing on Consumer Protection Cooperation
Consumer Protection Cooperation © European Parliament (2016)

This public hearing is meant to concentrate on the 2016 Commission proposal (COM(2016) 283 final - 2016/0148 (COD)) revising the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation 2006/2004. The proposal is part of the e-Commerce package adopted by the Commission on 25 May 2016.

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