01.02.2023 (Обновлено: 10.02.2023 16:52)

UN organizations shared best practices in legal regulation of e-commerce with EEC

The Eurasian Economic Commission hosted a webinar on e-commerce attended by representatives of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

“We highly appreciate the expert assistance of the international organizations participating in the event, provided to the Commission within the Memorandums of Cooperation and Mutual Understanding. According to the agenda, we will have a practice-oriented and rich discussion. Its results will be used in developing the Eurasian Economic Union's law in the field of e-commerce”, Vladimir Serpikov, Director of the EEC Trade Policy Department, noted opening the meeting. 

Presenting the work carried out in the Commission, Askat Bekov, Deputy Director of the EEC Tariff and Non-Tariff Customs Regulation Department, has informed that today the annual growth of online commerce in the Union on average is 20-25%, which is largely facilitated by an increased number of the Union consumers purchasing goods on the Internet. 

“In order to develop the existing potential of e-commerce, the Commission has been carrying out extensive work since 2020 to create favorable conditions for developing the industry in the EAEU space. Preparing a draft international agreement with further adoption of a number of second-level acts is one of the key directions of the roadmap adopted by the Heads of Government of the Union countries in November 2021”, he stressed. 

Experts from the UN organizations informed on the best international practices in such areas as consumer rights protection in e-commerce, promotion of competition, use of electronic documents, and protection of personal data.