Other news - January 2012
"The Commission is closely monitoring developments in our Member States and other countries in the field of intellectual property rights and online piracy, including the current debate in the US Congress on proposed legislation".
In agreement with President Barroso, Commissioner Barnier has today appointed Erkki Liikanen as the Chairman of the future Group.
The European Commission has published a study on the existing national legal protection in the EU Member States against parasitic copying - the practice of marketing products which are designed to look like pre-existing products of well established brands. The Commission also published a study on the legal protection of trade secrets.
The way European citizens shop and pay is radically changing. A secure and transparent integrated payments environment throughout the EU could create more efficient, modern and safer means of payments. Based on the Green Paper adopted today, the Commission seeks the views of stakeholders as to which obstacles hinder further market integration and how these could be resolved. The deadline for submitting contributions is 11 April 2012.
In the difficult circumstances facing Europe we must seize every source of activity and new jobs as a matter of urgency. The development of electronic commerce and online services offers enormous potential for beneficial economic, social and societal change. That is why the Commission has today adopted a Communication presenting 16 targeted initiatives aimed at doubling the share of e-commerce in retail sales (currently 3.4 %) and that of the Internet sector in European GDP (currently less than 3 %) by 2015.