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E-FOOD: Closing the Online Enforcement Gap in the EU Platform Economy

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  • Analyzes the enforcement gap specifically in digital marketplaces
  • Represents a state-of-the-art overview of how the digital single market is altering the way enforcement agencies work to ensure compliance with EU economic law
  • Addresses as only book the review of the regulatory framework applying to food sharing online

Part of the book series: Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation (SEELR, volume 21)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. EU Law for the E-Food Market

  2. Bridging the Enforcement Gap in Online Marketplaces


About this book

Retail is ‘going digital,’ and grocery shopping is no exception. While some businesses are relaying on their corporate website to make the sale, both traditional brick-and-mortar and new disruptive business models are increasingly using online marketplaces to offer their products online. European Union law has been gradually updated to reflect this new reality, with Intellectual Property Rights legislation and Consumer Law leading the way toward a suitable regulatory framework in the Platform Economy. However, the EU has not devised a comprehensive strategy for tackling the challenges posed by the online sale of physical consumer goods, such as effective public enforcement in online environments. In fact, sector-specific legislation, including Food Law, largely ignores online transactions.
In this context, the book evaluates the impact that online marketplaces are having on European Union sector-specific legislation and its e-nforcement. The goal is to assess whetherthe existing regulatory and policy framework are sufficient for promoting compliance and bridging the enforcement gap in the digital single market. Focusing on the e-food market, the book presents a state-of-the-art overview of how online marketplaces are altering EU law and its enforcement by public authorities. 

Authors and Affiliations

  • Law Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

    Maria Jose Plana Casado

About the author

Dr Maria José Plana Casado is Assistant Professor of Law at Wageningen University, where she coordinates the Comparative Food Law Course and teaches EU food Law; member of the Bioethics & Law Observatory of the University of Barcelona (UB), and co-director of the UB Master in Food Ethics & Law. She has conducted research visits at prestigious academic institutions such as the Food Law & Policy Clinic of Harvard University, the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, University of Bologna’s CIRSFID. Her research focusses on Food & Law, in particular in the fields of e-commerce, food information, food safety and hygiene, and sustainable public procurement.

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