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Ebay calls on EU to shield small sellers from 'bully' brands
Ebay calls on EU to shield small sellers from 'bully´ brands 9 July 2009 | By Will Cooper Ebay is calling for the EU to protect small businesses from “bullying tactics” by brands trying to prevent the resale of their goods online at a discounted price. The auction giant says small retailers on Ebay are being unfairly pressurised by brands wanting to keep prices high. It ......

Ebay calls on EU to shield small sellers from 'bully´ brands

9 July 2009 | By Will Cooper

Ebay is calling for the EU to protect small businesses from “bullying tactics” by brands trying to prevent the resale of their goods online at a discounted price.

The auction giant says small retailers on Ebay are being unfairly pressurised by brands wanting to keep prices high. It even claims some brands lie about the authenticity of products in order to have them removed from the site.

A survey by Ebay of 900 European small retailers found 49% of those in the UK have been banned by brands from selling certain products online, while 45% have been stopped from offering unauthorised discounts.

Ebay has launched an online campaign and petition to lobby the EU into amending European competition law to, among other things, make it illegal for brands to blanket-ban internet sales and make it illegal to block the resale of previously bought goods.

It’s also calling for the EU to prevent brands from insisting etailers have high street stores in order to sell their goods online as well.

Vanessa Canzini, Ebay’s corporate PR manager, said, “This has worried us for a while but, until now, we’ve only had anecdotal evidence. Some brands abuse our Verified Rights Owner programme, designed to keep counterfeits off Ebay, by claiming items are fakes when they’re not.”

She added that Ebay is hopeful for a change in EU legislation. “The European commission has already agreed to look at the Vertical Restraints Regulation, which covers this, while the Dutch competition commission ruled out investigating only because there wasn’t enough hard evidence. We now have that.”

Canzini asserted that although Ebay has seen quarterly revenues decline, this campaign was to highlight the unfair conditions imposed on small etailers rather than grow Ebay’s bottom line.


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Big Brother Survey Unveiled
Big Brother Survey Unveiled UK-based surveillance expert Dr William Webster is to lead a four-year Europe-wide study to examine the impact of living in a ‘surveillance society’. Funded to the tune of half a million Euros and co-ordinated by the European Science Foundation’s COST programme, ‘Living in Surveillance Societies’ (LISS), will be conducted by a network of more than 90 r......

Big Brother Survey Unveiled

UK-based surveillance expert Dr William Webster is to lead a four-year Europe-wide study to examine the impact of living in a ‘surveillance society’.

Funded to the tune of half a million Euros and co-ordinated by the European Science Foundation’s COST programme, ‘Living in Surveillance Societies’ (LISS), will be conducted by a network of more than 90 researchers based in 15 countries.

Its aim is to raise awareness of the issue and help inform related policy and practice across Europe. It will also look at the experiences of the impact of surveillance on people, businesses, technology and governance.

The team will be led by Webster, who is a Senior Lecturer in Stirling Management School, and is a recognised expert on closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras, e-government and electronic public services.

‘Surveillance takes place on an unprecedented scale, with vast amounts of personal data collected, analysed, processed and stored for reasons ranging from national security, e-government and market research,’ stated Webster. ‘The programme is about facilitating a better understanding of what it is like to live in a society where technologically mediated surveillance is so prevalent – both for the surveyor and the surveyed.’

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) does not fund research itself, but supports networking activities such as meetings, conferences, scientific exchanges and outreach activities. It works on the principle that there will be economic benefit deriving from the collaborative academic activities of the researchers, which in this case is estimated to be 80 million Euros.

Web site: www.external.stir.ac.uk .


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EU report calls for exit strategy after massive spending - People's Daily Online
EU report calls for exit strategy after massive spending An exit strategy is required to maintain fiscal sustainability after European Union (EU) governments spent billions of euros to counter the worst financial and economic crisis since World War II, a report said on June 23. An exit strategy strengthening fiscal policy frameworks, reforming age-related spending and spelling out th......

EU report calls for exit strategy after massive spending

An exit strategy is required to maintain fiscal sustainability after European Union (EU) governments spent billions of euros to counter the worst financial and economic crisis since World War II, a report said on June 23.

An exit strategy strengthening fiscal policy frameworks, reforming age-related spending and spelling out the broad consolidation measures envisaged when the recovery has taken hold is required to address concerns about public finance sustainability and underpin economic confidence, the European Commission said in its 2009 Report on Public Finances.

In the aftermath of the crisis, which dragged the EU economy into a deep recession, the 27-nation bloc has committed more than 600 billion euros (839 billion U.S. dollars) on fiscal stimulus measures. That is equivalent to 5 percent of the EU's gross domestic product (GDP) over 2009 and 2010, not including measures to support banks.

Rising public debts and the contingent liabilities incurred by governments to support the financial sector, together with the anticipated increases in age-related expenditure and slowdown in potential growth raised concerns about public finance sustainability.

A large number of EU member states have seen their budgetary deficits swell beyond the alliance´s limit. Under the EU´s stability and growth pact, a member state has to bring its deficit below three percent of its GDP.

Based on an analysis of past experiences, the report said the fiscal costs were lower when the banking crisis resolution strategy was implemented swiftly and included a clear exit strategy, including the restructuring of the banking sector.

Source:Xinhua


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