MEP URGES EU TO PLAY PART IN TACKLING TOUTS
THE campaign to tackle rip-off ticket tout websites has been taken to the heart of the EU by a Scottish Labour MEP.
Catherine Stihler, vice-chair of the European Parliament’s influential consumer protection committee, demanded urgent action is BY DAVID CLEGG taken at a Europe-wide level.
Speaking in Brussels on Wednesday, Stihler outlined key proposals including: 1) Websites “reselling” alreadypurchased tickets should be required to do so at face-value. 2) Platforms such as Google must be required by the EU to take greater responsibility over the promotion of rip-off sites. 3) A “code of ethics” should be introduced at EU-level to govern the action of ticket sales, including a requirement to be transparent about transaction fees, declaring any restrictions on tickets, identifying the location of the seller, and revealing any ties the seller has with the organisers of the event.
Speaking after the meeting, Stihler said: “The Daily Record’s Stub out the Touts campaign has exposed how fans across Scotland are being ripped-off.
“Action is required at all levels of government but given the cross-border nature of this problem, it’s time for the EU to take action and as vice-chair of the committee, I will progress these proposals.”