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COVID-19 - Dealing with regulatory burdens during the pandemic (Joint letter to Commissioner Šefčovič)

EuroCommerce has issued a joint letter (co-signed by Independent Retail Europe) which was sent to Commissioner Sefcovics on dealing with regulatory burdens in the retail and wholesale sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Joint Letter on the impact of COVID-19 on the roll out of Strong Customer Authentication

The European Banking Authority’s (EBA) statement on consumer and payment issues in light of COVID19 of 25 March1 included relaxation of some aspects of Strong Customer Authentication (SCA), and a willingness to consider other measures in respect of their Opinion.

In this context, Ecommerce Europe, EuroCommerce and Independent Retail Europe call on the EBA and the European Commission to seriously consider such additional measures and especially the granting of an extension of the current deadline for the migration to Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) of 31 December 2020.

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Joint statement - COVID-19 crisis: we need a strong Europe

Dear EU leaders,

In order to overcome the extraordinary challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brings, the European Union must show that it is more than the sum of its members. Pushed by the urgency at hand, Member States have rightfully taken the lead in recent weeks, but this unfortunately leads us to a scattered landscape of measures. Recovering from the crisis, only European solutions can work, putting the Single Market as the central instrument. More than ever we need a strong Europe, where its governments, businesses and citizens show their solidarity.

Examples of solidarity can be seen everywhere across our continent: from volunteers who sew masks at home for the bakery staff around the corner, to companies donating disinfectants and governments that organise joint procurement of medical devices. But the temptation to look inwards is strong. Here, European governments must be at the forefront, showing solidarity among each other, ensuring all Member States have market access to funds needed for their recovery, and also making sure their citizens understand the added value that our common European project brings in these unprecedented and difficult times.

 

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Joint paper on the interpretation of price reduction rules under the Omnibus Directive

The undersigned EU trade associations have closely followed and proactively engaged in the legislative process that led to the adoption of the Directive (EU) 2019/2161 on better enforcement and modernisation of Union consumer protection rules (so-called “Omnibus Directive”).

In particular, this paper addresses a new provision covering the announcement of price reductions1, which was included in the Omnibus Directive only at a very late stage of the trilogue negotiations, thus without detailed discussion in Council or Parliament, no impact assessment and no recitals to explain the thinking behind the amendment. We are, therefore, seriously concerned that in its present wording, its text can be open to various interpretations when implemented by Member States, with potential farreaching negative consequences for both online and offline traders if not transposed and interpreted appropriately.

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