The European Commission’s Preliminary Report into the e-Commerce Sector


Author: Richard Ryan, Florence Loric and Patrick Horan

On 15 September 2016, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its Preliminary Report arising from its e-commerce sector inquiry (the “Report”). In essence, the Report highlighted two key points.

  • First, e-commerce is rapidly and continuously increasing in the EU, with more than half of EU adults having ordered online in 2015.
  • Second, the Commission will closely monitor certain business practices it has identified as potentially anticompetitive relating to both the online sale of consumer goods and supply of digital content.

The Report cautions that the Commission is likely to undertake case-by-case investigations into these practices.

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