Online platforms / Safer products: Parliament approves new EU laws
The European Parliament endorsed today new regulations on platform-to-business relations and on market surveillance of products.
Both EU laws have been provisionally agreed with Council in February.
Online intermediation services, such as e-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon, eBay) and search engines (e.g. Google Search) will be required to implement a set of measures to ensure that their contractual relations with businesses (e.g. online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app developers) are transparent, under the first piece of EU legislation specifically addressing platform-to-business relations (P2B). One of the objectives is to halt unfair practices in the digital market. More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers.
Vote result: 632 votes in favour, 22 against and three abstentions
Safer products: Beefing up checks and inspections
The market surveillance regulation, included in the “Goods package”, aims to strengthen checks made by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to EU consumers. These measures should also prevent rogue traders from gaining an unfair competitive advantage over companies that respect the rules.
Vote result: 562 votes in favour, 60 against and 33 abstentions