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First Meeting of the ELI Project Team on ’Model Rules on Online Intermediary Platforms’

On 19-20 January 2017, the preliminary ELI Project Team on ’Model Rules on Online Intermediary Platforms’ met in Krakow, Poland. This was the very first meeting after the project was approved on 7 September 2016 by the ELI Council as an adopted project. The goal of the meeting was to form a working plan on how to transform and improve the draft directive on Online Intermediary Platforms into ELI Model Rules. The conference was organised by Jagiellonian University together with the University of Osnabrück and was co-funded by the Polish National Science Centre.

The intent of the Working Group is to develop fully fleshed-out model rules on online intermediary platforms that set out a balance between conflicting policy options and demonstrate what potential regulation at the EU or national level could look like. Online platforms are often triangular-based business models, which require the customer and supplier not only to make an agreement between each other, but also to conclude an additional agreement with a platform operator. This complex contractual relationship between the different parties can lead to legal uncertainties and often leaves customers without effective consumer protection.

The members of the Project Team discussed the key topics covered by the draft directive and considered how the rules need to be amended, improved or expanded. The team also formed drafting groups that will produce first amended drafts before the next meeting, which will be convened in Osnabrück on 2-3 March. Further information about the project can be found here.