This Department's role in the E-Commerce Directive
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Policy Unit has responsibility for the E-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) and the Statutory Instrument that transposed the Directive – European Communities (Directive 2000/31/EC) Regulations 2003 (SI No 68 of 2003).
Examples of services covered by the Directive include online information services (such as online newspapers), online selling of products and services (books, financial services and travel services), online advertising, professional services (lawyers, doctors, estate agents), entertainment services and basic intermediary services (access to the Internet and transmission and hosting of information).
These services also include services provided free of charge to the recipient and funded, for example, by advertising or sponsorship.
As a result of having the responsibility for the Directive the Unit is the National Contact point for the purposes of Article 19(2) of the Directive. Under Article 19(2) Members States shall cooperate with other Member States: they shall, to that end, appoint one or several contact points, whose details they shall communicate to the other Member States and to the Commission.
The E-Commerce Act 2000 is dealt with by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: