Ecommerce Europe discusses importance of the e-commerce sector in the context of the upcoming Dutch Presidency of the Council


Ecommerce Europe has hosted a working lunch with Dutch diplomats of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Brussels in light of the upcoming Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Netherlands will hold the Presidency in the first half of 2016. The Presidency of the European Union rotates among the Member States every six months and the Netherlands will hold the Presidency for the 12th time in its history.

Priorities of the Dutch Presidency: a Union of jobs, growth and competitiveness

During the Working Lunch, Ms. Svenja Kraaij (Economic Affairs Attaché), Ms. Tessa de Rooij (Business Advisor) and Mr. Gerard Zeldenrijk (Policy Officer Netherlands Presidency team) explained the priorities of the upcoming Dutch Presidency. Specifically, the Dutch diplomats highlighted the focus points for the e-commerce sector. According to Ms. Kraaij, special attention will be given during the Dutch Presidency to a stronger internal market, including the further implementation and development of the Digital Single Market Strategy. In the view of The Netherlands, the digital economy can provide a huge boost for jobs, growth and innovation in Europe. Furthermore, the Dutch government supports the removal of barriers to e-commerce and aims at stimulating confidence in the digital economy. Ecommerce Europe supports the Dutch commitment to the Digital Single Market and is happy with the focus on topics related to digital aspects of the economy.

More information

Ecommerce Europe is looking forward to its cooperation with the Dutch Presidency and thanks Ms. Kraaij, Ms. De Rooij and Mr. Zeldendijk for their time during the busy preparation period. For more information on the priorities of the Dutch Presidency, please click here.

For a detailed overview of Ecommerce Europe’s recommendations in the context of the Digital Single Market, please clickhere to read Priority Paper.