The EU is bolstering e-commerce by making it easier for consumers and businesses to compare different delivery prices across the Union. Regulators will also have increased powers to monitor this complex market. The new rules were adopted today by the Council, following provisional agreement with the European Parliament on 13 December 2017.
"These rules will make information about different parcel delivery options more readily available – including track and trace services, which are important for e-commerce. The adoption of these rules means that another key element of the EU's digital single market is in place."
Ivaylo Moskovski, Bulgarian Minister for Transport, Information Technology and Communications.
Under the reform, delivery tariffs will be published on a website, which will help users choose the best rates. Increased transparency should create competitive pressure, bringing down prices that cannot be justified by objective factors. The new rules are expected to be of particular benefit to consumers and small retailers, who do not have the bargaining power to negotiate better rates.
Read the full press release here.
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