EU proposal to the WTO on modernising e-commerce rules

Despite the rapid growth of international e-commerce, there are currently no multilateral rules regulating digital trade. On 3 May 2019, the EU made public its Communication to the World Trade Organisation (“WTO“), suggesting negotiating proposals for a series of WTO disciplines and commitments relating to e-commerce and telecommunications services (“Proposal“).

The Proposal is in response to the Joint Statement issued by the EU and 49 other WTO members on 29 January 2019, which recognises the need for modernisation, and confirms their intention to commence negotiations on trade-related aspects of e-commerce. Continue reading