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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.”

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