Commission identifies levies as one impediment to E-Commerce

The Commission has published a Communication on Cross-Border Business to Consumer e-Commerce in the EU, COM(2009)557, which pinpoints copyright levies as one impediment to E-Commerce. The communication is linked to its "The Mystery Shopping Evaluation of Cross-Border E-Commerce in the EU report" which has concluded that 60% of cross-border internet shopping orders are refused.  In its FAQ on Dismantling barriers to cross-border online shopping, the Commission states that there are many problems now with cross-border management of copyright levies on sales of blank media and recording devices and calls upon stakeholders to redouble their efforts to find practical solutions.