Find out how the e-commerce Sector Inquiry will identify measures which private companies are believed to be taking to restrict cross-border sale of digital content and tangible goods over the internet.

Introduction

In the context of its Digital Single Market strategy, adopted on 6 May 2015, the European Commission launched a sector inquiry into e-commerce in the EU. Thomas Kramler will explain how the e-commerce Sector Inquiry will identify measures which private companies are believed to be taking to restrict cross-border sale of digital content and tangible goods over the internet, looking at goods and services in which e-commerce is most popular such as electronics, clothing and shoes.

The aim of this sector inquiry is to allow the Commission to gather data on the functioning of e-commerce markets so as to identify possible competition concerns.

The Commission’s Competition Directorate will be sending questionnaires requesting information, including on distribution contracts, to a wide range of stakeholders in the e-commerce sector in every EU Member State, including, broadcasters, wholesalers and manufacturers, retailers of goods sold online and ecommerce retailers, including online marketplaces and price-comparison sites. The Commission is already conducting several e-commerce cases involving the potential restriction of cross-border trade.

Seminar speaker

Thomas Kramler, head of Task Force, e-commerce sector inquiry, European Commission

Thomas Kramler is Head of the Task Force responsible for the e-commerce sector inquiry in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. Mr Kramler holds a law degree and a PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria. He has graduated with a Master’s degree in European Community Law from the College of Europe (Bruges). Previously Mr Kramler was deputy head of the unit responsible for antitrust cases in the information industries, internet and consumer electronics sectors. Before joining the European Commission Mr Kramler worked as agent representing the Austrian government before the European Courts in Luxemburg.

Seminar details

Date: Tuesday 14 July 2015

Time: 18.00 – 18.30 registration, 18.30 – 19.30 seminar, 19.30 – 20.15 networking drinks

Location: Council chamber, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

CPD value: 1 hour

Cost: Junior lawyer (New to up to 3 Years PQE) or PC holder at a non for profit organisation £35, PC holder £75, Non PC holder £175 (all prices exclude VAT)