Call for Evidence
The following Call for Evidence was issued in January
2000, with a request for material to be submitted by the end of
Sub-Committee B of the House of Lords Select Committee
on the European Union is undertaking an inquiry into the development
and co-ordination of policy in the European Union as it relates
Evidence is invited on what, within EU policies,
the European Commission, national governments and their agencies
are doing to develop and co-ordinate policy on e-commerce, and
what they should or should not be doing to achieve this objective.
In particular, the inquiry will be seeking answers
to the following questions:
1) What needs to be done to create confidence and
to stimulate ecommerce?
2) Does the European Commission's draft Action Plan
eEurope: An Information Society for All offer a realistic
means of promoting e-commerce in the EU?
3) Will codes of conduct and co-regulation provide
sufficient protection? Is there a case for intervention by national
governments and the EU?
4) Do the institutions of national governments, on
the one hand, and the European Commission, the Council of Ministers
and the European Parliament, on the other, function with sufficient
flexibility and coherence to promote the EU's objectives in the
field of e-commerce?
5) Should existing EU institutions' internal structures
be changed, or new ones created, to improve policy development
6) How can structural change be brought about fast
enough to accommodate to the growth of e-commerce?