Event date: 23/01/2018
Geo-blocking and other geographically-based restrictions undermine online shopping and cross-border sales. Proposed in May 2016 as part of the Digital Single Market, the Regulation to end unjustified geoblocking was identified as a legislative priority for 2017.
For citizens this means they will be able to buy their new electrical goods online, rent a car or get their concert tickets across borders as they do at home. It will ensure that they no longer face barriers such as being asked to pay with a debit or credit card issued in another country. For businesses, this means more legal certainty to operate cross-border.
As of 3 December, Europeans will be able to shop online without unjustified geo-blocking, wherever they are in the EU.
Antonio TAJANI, EP President and by Lilyana PAVLOVA, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council, participate in the extraordinary Lex signing ceremony on geoblocking
Róża THUN (EPP, PL), rapporteur and Andrus ANSIP, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, give a joint press conference on geo-blocking – final vote in plenary
MEPs discuss geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment
The Members of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) vote on geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence.