Joint statement by Vice-President Ansip, Commissioners Bieńkowska and Gabriel following the European Parliament’s vote to end unjustified geoblocking

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Agenda: Working Party on Civil Law Matters (Contract Law) (15 – 16 February 2018)

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Briefing: Geo-blocking and discrimination among customers in the EU

Geo-blocking practices commonly restrict cross-border sales of tangible goods as well as of electronically supplied services and electronically delivered content services in the EU. In May 2016, the European Commission proposed a new regulation that prohibits online sellers of tangible goods, and of some types of electronically supplied services, from discriminating among customers based on their nationality or place of residence within the European Union. In November 2017, after protracted negotiations, the co-legislators agreed to ban some types of unjustified geo-blocking practices. However, the ban will not apply initially to content and services protected under copyright (for instance, e-books and downloads of music and audiovisual content). At the request of the Parliament, a review clause has been introduced which requires the Commission to re-examine the situation two years after the entry into force of the regulation.

Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (5-8 February 2018)

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Event: Delivering for the future: workshop on developments in the postal sector (Brussels, 7 March 2018)

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Press Release: Mid-term review of the Digital Single Market: Digital divide remains a concern for EU regions

​The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has adopted its position on the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market. Rapporteur Alin Nica (RO/EPP), Mayor of Dudeștii Noi, highlights that cities and regions are in key position to harness the growth potential of the digital economy but draws attention to the digital divide, the prevention of cyberattacks and the protection of personal data.

At a Glance: E-commerce: Ban on unjustified geo-blocking and discrimination practices among customers

In May 2016, the European Commission proposed a new regulation that prohibits online sellers of physical goods and of some types of electronically supplied services and content from discriminating among customers based on their nationality or place of residence within the European Union. The Parliament is expected to vote on the proposal during the February I plenary session.

Tax Policy Roadmap of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council

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Agenda: Jurists/Linguists Group (22 February 2018)

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Event: Enhancing Consumer Protection in the EU: Preserving Consumers’ Rights in the Digital Society (Brussels, 6 March 2018)

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Event: Annual Conference on European Media Law 2018 (Brussels, 7 – 8 June 2018)

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Amendments: EP IMCO Committee on Certain aspects concerning contracts for the sales of goods

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Agenda: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (7 February 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (7 February 2018)

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Event: The 9th Annual Internet of Things European Summit (Brussels, 15 – 16 May 2018)

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Event: The 9th Annual European E-commerce Conference (Brussels, 8 March 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Contracts for the supply of digital content (24 January 2018)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Intellectual Property (29 January 2018)

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