e-Commerce Archives

  • Is the third time the charm for B2B?

    Opinion | Brexit 01-03-2002

    Is the third time the charm for B2B? "The first two waves of B2B e-marketplaces generally failed to prosper. But the next wave may benefit all of their participants-even the markets themselves." The McKinsey Quarterly, 2001 Number 2 Policy relevance:In April 2001 Commissioner …

  • Commission wants input on report on local loop unbundling

    News | Brexit 01-03-2002

    The Commission has released a report on the sector inquiry in the unbundling of the local loop, and invited stakeholders to present their positions by 30 April 2002.

  • When computers learn to talk: A Web services primer

    Opinion | Brexit 01-03-2002

    When computers learn to talk: A Web services primer "What are Web services? Why should you care?" The McKinsey Quarterly, 2002 Number 1 (web exclusive) Policy relevance: In order to regulate the Internet, one needs to be abreast of the developments in the field …

  • Commission launches consultation on SME e-business policies benchmarking

    News | Brexit 22-02-2002

    The Commission has launched a consultation on benchmarking of national and regional e-business policies in support of SMEs. The consultation should help focus of e-business policy making on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the EU, and to define benchmarks against which success can be measured.

  • Council formally adopts telecoms package

    News | Brexit 15-02-2002

    On 14 February the Council formally adopted the agreement on the telecoms package reached in December 2001. Member States now have 15 months to implement this package into their national laws.

  • ECOFIN adopts VAT and e-commerce Directive

    News | Brexit 13-02-2002

    During its meeting on 12 February, the Economic and Finance Ministers reached a political agreement on the VAT and e-commerce Directive, subject to the Parliament's opinion. The Directive applies to certain services supplied by electronic means, as well as subscription-based and pay-per-view radio and television broadcasting.

  • US objects to EU solution on VAT and e-commerce

    News | Brexit 11-02-2002

    The US Treasury stated the EU proposal on VAT and e-commerce, which the ECOFIN Council is expected to adopt on 12 February, may contravene OECD agreements. The Treasury believes that it may also be potentially inconsistent with international trade (World Trade Organisation) obligations, in particular the commitment to accord national treatment to foreign goods and services.

  • A regulatory remedy for European broadband

    Special Report | Opinion | Brexit 30-01-2002

    A regulatory remedy for European broadband

  • Commission adopts Decision on transfer of personal data to non-EU countries

    News | Brexit 25-01-2002

    The Commission has adopted a Decision setting out standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in non-EU countries and that are not recognised as offering an adequate level of data protection. The Decision simplifies the process for companies and organisations wishing or needing to transfer personal data for processing in a third country.

  • Home is where the network is

    Opinion | Brexit 22-01-2002

    Home is where the network is "During the next few years, home networks will leap off the pages of science magazines and into the households of millions. But who will pay, and how?" The McKinsey Quarterly, 2001 Number 2 Policy relevance:To anticipate the …

  • Portals for all platforms

    Opinion | Brexit 22-01-2002

    Portals for all platforms "Portals owned by broadband access networks now have a head start. But in the longer term, free competition will prevail." The McKinsey Quarterly, 2002 Number 1 Policy relevance: As Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen recently stated the EU should promote broadband …

  • The case for on-line communities

    Opinion | Brexit 22-01-2002

    The case for on-line communities "Users of the community features of World Wide Web sites really are more valuable than nonusers." The McKinsey Quarterly, 2002 Number 1, Web exclusive Policy relevance: To anticipate the right policy decisions in the field of online developments, policy …

  • Commission launches Go Digital Awareness Campaign

    News | Brexit 22-01-2002

    On Monday the Commission launched a 'Go Digital' awareness campaign to stimulate more SMEs to take-up e-business. The main objective of the Go Digital Awareness Campaign is to stimulate SMEs by helping them overcome the practical obstacles they face when going online, by sharing best practices and showcases.

  • 10 EU countries to miss e-commerce Directive implementation deadline

    News | Brexit 16-01-2002

    Ten EU Member States, notably the UK and France,
    will miss today's deadline for implementation of the EU
    e-commerce Directive. Only Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland
    and Luxemburg are on schedule.

  • Commission recognises adequacy of Canadian data protection regime

    News | Brexit 15-01-2002

    The European Commission has formally recognised that the Canadian data protection law provides "adequate protection for certain personal data transferred from the EU to Canada". This will allow for personal data to flow freely from the EU to Canada without additional safeguards being needed to meet the requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive.

  • Facing disconnection: Hard choices for Europe’s telcos

    Opinion | Brexit 18-12-2001

    Facing disconnection: Hard choices for Europe's telcos "Two years ago, the fate of the Continent's telecom companies seemed to depend on their willingness to enter new markets aggressively and acquire expensive assets. Now, survival may depend on a selective retreat." The McKinsey …

  • Facing disconnection: Hard choices for Europe’s telcos

    Opinion | Brexit 18-12-2001

    Facing disconnection: Hard choices for Europe's telcos "Two years ago, the fate of the Continent's telecom companies seemed to depend on their willingness to enter new markets aggressively and acquire expensive assets. Now, survival may depend on a selective retreat." The McKinsey …

  • Broadband media: Look before you leap

    Opinion | Brexit 18-12-2001

    Broadband media: Look before you leap McKinsey Quarterly, 2001 nr 4 "The bad news: broadband's technology, infrastructure, and economics are still inadequate. The good news: broadcasters are far more secure from attack than they were at the dawn of the World Wide …

  • ECOFIN asks for interim solution on VAT and e-commerce

    News | Brexit 14-12-2001

    The Economic and Finance ministers Council on 13 December asked the Commission and the Member States to work on an interim solution on the issue of VAT and e-commerce. Such an interim solution would be limited to three years.

  • MEPs accept Presidency compromise on Telecoms framework

    News | Brexit 13-12-2001

    The European Parliament adopted with an overwhelming majority the Belgian Presidency's compromise on the draft new Telecoms framework on 12 December. To come to a compromise proposal the Presidency did take out the draft Directive on data protection.

  • No final agreement in Council on telecoms framework

    News | Brexit 07-12-2001

    The Telecoms Council has not been able to come to a final agreement on all aspects of the telecoms framework package to further liberalise the telecommunications sector. The Presidency now wants to talk with the European Parliament and the Commission to still come to an agreement by the end of the year.

  • Reversing the digital slide

    Opinion | Brexit 03-12-2001

    Reversing the digital slide McKinsey Quarterly, 2001 nr 4 Policy relevance: Commission President Romano Prodi stated "the story of the e-Economy is complex, but it is one we need to understand". This article gives some insight into the on-line media world, comparing it …

  • Weathering telecom’s dark and stormy night

    Opinion | Brexit 30-11-2001

    Weathering telecom's dark and stormy night An interview with former chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC),Reed Hundt, on the future of the telecommunications and how to make deregulation work McKinsey Quarterly, 2001 nr 4 Policy relevance: The US is said to be …

  • PCs vs. TVs

    Opinion | Brexit 28-11-2001

    PCs vs. TVs McKinsey Quarterly, 2001 nr 3 Policy relevance: In August the Commission presented a study on the development of broadband access platforms in Europe as part of its work oneEurope. This article compares PCs versus TVs as broadband applications. Summary: "current expectations about …