Less than 10% of EU companies sell cross border within the EU and the majority of them limits themselves to a maximum of only 3 different member states. When it comes to online sales, 43 % of EU consumers have purchased goods or services (mainly films, music, books, software) online in the last year. Europe still lags behind the US and Asian markets are quickly catching up.
The obstacles for SMEs to benefit from e-commerce in the single market have been addressed yesterday at an ALDE conference at the European Parliament within the context of its campaign “Boost SMEs!”. The contributions of two panels highlighted the various obstacles as well as proposals on how to overcome these obstacles. Continue reading