January 25
2021
Anjum Shabbir
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30th November 2020
Data, Tech & IP Internal Market

First short-term review of Geo-blocking Regulation by Commission

The first short-term review of implementation of the Geo-blocking Regulation in its first 18 months has been published by the Commission today in the form of a report. That Regulation prohibits unjustified geographical restrictions on cross-border trade of online goods and services.

It draws main conclusions that consumer awareness is good; that the role of Member State enforcement bodies is key to ensure trader-compliance; that a number of important obstacles have been dismantled; and that it has enabled increased access to ‘cross-border’ deliveries.

However it notes that there are still measures that require the facilitation of compliance with cross-border VAT in e-commerce and harmonisation of consumer protection rules t

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