Geo-blocking, selective distribution and other issues related to e-commerce have already been tackled by organizations like the German Cartel Office and the European Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (Fesi), which has a working group together with the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) on such topics. These issues have acquired a broader international dimension, in line with the expansion of companies like Amazon and Alibaba, through an initiative taken at the World Economic Forum in Davos last Friday. The European Union, which represents 28 countries, was joined by 47 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in taking the momentous decision to start negotiations to put in place global rules on electronic commerce. The negotiations are planned to start in March and are open to other WTO members. More in SGI Europe.