Comparing cross-border parcel delivery prices 

Consumers and companies will be able to compare the prices of having a parcel delivered to or from another EU country under draft rules to be put to the vote on Tuesday.

The rules would require cross-border parcel carriers to report their prices to national authorities and the EU Commission, which would publish them on a dedicated website, to enable consumers and companies to compare them more easily and thus help reduce unreasonable differences. 

The Commission proposed the new rules, as part of the e-commerce package, to boost opportunities to buy and sell goods and services across the EU. The text has provisionally been agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators.

A 2015 Commission public consultation found that over two thirds of consumers had given up making an online purchase because they felt that cross-border delivery costs were too high, and companies replying to a Eurobarometer survey that year agreed.

Debate: Monday, 12 March

Vote: Tuesday, 13 March

Procedure:  ordinary legislative procedure, first reading agreement

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