Ecommerce Europe rolls out pan-European Trustmark in 11 countries

Wednesday 30 September 2015 13:36 CET | News

Ecommerce Europes Ecommerce Europe Trustmark is now available for over 10,000 online shops, free of charge, in order to stimulate cross-border ecommerce through better protection for consumers and merchants by devising one, clearly stated, set of rules within the EU.

The President of Ecommerce Europe, Mr. François Momboisse, declared: “The roll-out of the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark represents a big step forward to stimulate trust in online cross-border transactions. In an environment with multiple Trustmark schemes in the development phase, the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark is the only non-profit trustmark with more than 10.000 certified companies.

It is also the only pan-European trustmark with its own consumer-friendly complaints handling system. And perhaps most importantly it is the only European trustmark that is free for members of participating national associations. It is essential that European regulators give their support to the most reliable and accessible schemes, such as the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark”.

The Ecommerce Europe Trustmark has been developed in continuous dialogue with consumer organisations, both on national and on European level. Together with these consumer organizations and almost 20 national ecommerce associations, Ecommerce Europe has developed a clear and comprehensive set of rights and obligations for online sales. Online merchants carrying the Trustmark commit themselves to clear communication on these rules. Moreover, Ecommerce Europe provides consumers with easy access to a complaints handling system in their own language to solve possible disputes in a fast and low-cost way.

The Ecommerce Europe Trustmark has a clear and recognizable label. By clicking on it, the consumer will be led to the Code of Conduct and a clear explanation of his or her rights and the commitments of the merchant. The Code of Conduct will include for instance the commitment of the merchant to be clear and transparent on the offer and prices before the consumer enters the order process, and the commitment of the merchant to offer the client transparent, easily acceptable and safe payment methods.

At this moment, Ecommerce Europe is in the first phase of the roll-out of its Trustmark, where the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark is connected to a membership of participating National Associations. This means that more than 10,000 online shops in Europe which are certified by a National Association can already carry the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark next to the national trustmark. The final goal is to reach more harmonisation on a European level, and this will be performed in a second phase by upgrading the Trustmark set of criteria in all countries.

Ecommerce Europe is the association representing 25,000+ companies selling goods and/or services online to consumers in Europe. Founded by leading national ecommerce associations, Ecommerce Europe is the voice of the ecommerce sector in Europe. Its mission is to stimulate cross-border ecommerce through lobbying for better or desired policy, by offering a European platform bringing the European e-commerce sector and other stakeholders together, and by providing in-depth research data about European markets.

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Keywords: Ecommerce Europe, Trustmark, online sales, internet, online shops, electronic payments, regulation, EU, cross border
Categories: Payments & Commerce | Ecommerce
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