favours high level of consumer protection in
"Consumers using e-commerce should be
protected to the same extent as when buying goods and
services via traditional distribution channels. New
technologies and new marketing practices often lead to new
kinds of scams or old scams in a new wrapping such as
pyramid selling or fraudulent business opportunities,"
Commissioner for Consumer policy, Emma Bonino, at the
opening session of the second Transatlantic Consumer
Dialogue on Friday in Brussels.
"With electronic commerce, this
phenomenon risks getting an international dimension." In
order to improve consumer confidence in electronic
commerce, international cooperation and coordination should
be increased. Mrs Bonino also pointed out that the
Amsterdam Treaty obliges the European Union to ensure
consumer concerns are fully taken into account and
integrated in all relevant policies.
Released on 17/05/99