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During this period, the Commission will launch a Green Paper (framing questions and calling for policy or legislative options) and carry out an impact assessment involving 5 Commission DGs. Also DG COMP has announced a major study to collect evidence on the impact of recent retail developments on consumer choice and innovation while DG MARKT is launching its study on national legal systems covering B2B relations.

 

This would enable the Commission to issue a legislative proposal before the end of 2013, on the basis that they succeed in gathering sufficient evidence. On the other hand, a swift implementation of the framework and uptake by a critical mass of retailers in the first half of 2013 will enable the Commission to take the self-regulatory initiative as part of its impact assessment, and increase the chances of avoiding or influencing the content of the legislation, at least under this legislature.
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