VENICE - The European Commission plans to work together with the European Securitization Forum to form a mortgage funding expert group that will include 20 members representing different parts of the industry.

The new group aims to investigate the obstacles to establishing a unified mortgage market and to facilitate a dialogue between consumers and the mortgage industry, according to Eric Ducoulombier, deputy head of unit retail issues, consumer policy and payment systems for the EC. The remarks were made at the ESF's third annual conference held here last week.

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