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E-commerce will be able to flourish in Europe from next year under European Commission plans to sweep aside political red tape.

The initiative means that internet merchants will not have to comply with multiple sets of trading regulations created by the different consumer protection laws in member states.

The commission, said: ‘Red tape often stops cross-border competition in services, restricts choice and increases costs limiting growth and job creation.’

The commission plans to ask member states to remove barriers to pan-European e-commerce.

It also plans to change the way its rules apply to trade in Europe.

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