EP/Council negotiators strike a deal to end unjustified geo-blocking

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EP/Council negotiators strike a deal to end unjustified geo-blockingOn Monday night, European Parliament and Council negotiators provisionally agreed rules to ensure that buyers of goods or services from another EU country are treated like local customers.

These new EU rules define specific situations in which geo-blocking will not be allowed. This means that online sellers will not be able to discriminate against consumers elsewhere in the EU with regard to general terms and conditions, including prices, on the basis of their nationality, place of residence or even their temporary location.

“I am happy that after one and a half years of hard work we agreed on a good deal, which opens the European market for consumers and traders. If this provisional agreement is confirmed by the Council and the Parliament, next Christmas 2018 consumers can buy products in all Member States without being blocked or re-routed,” said Róza Thun, Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee rapporteur.

EU member states’ permanent representatives (COREPER) and Parliament’s Internal Market Committee still needs to confirm the provisional agreement. The draft regulation will then be put to a vote by the full Parliament in an upcoming plenary session and formally approved by the EU Council of Ministers.

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