EU consumers show growing demand for cross-border online shopping.
Airbnb’s popularity was no excuse for not complying with EU consumer rules according to the EU Commission
The EU Commission and consumer authorities warned Airbnb (online accommodation marketplace) to align its terms and conditions with EU consumer rules and to be transparent on pricing.
Presented as a time saver for citizens and companies, the Single Digital Gateway (‘SDG’) is meant to help to access information (as to employment and tax rules or cross-border activities for instance) and administrative procedures online, e.g. business permits or social security notifications.
Engaging in ‘dual quality’ products means the marketing of products as being identical in several EU countries while their composition is significantly different – which is illegal on the ground that it may mislead the consumers.