REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on the first short-term review of the Geo-blocking Regulation

This document reviews the operation of the Geo-Blocking Regulation since its coming into force in December 2018. ‘Geo-blocking’ is the term used to describe traders discriminating against customers on the basis of the nationality or location of the customer, for example, by automatically re-directing customers to country-specific versions of their website with different terms and conditions. The Geo-Blocking Regulation prohibits certain forms of geo-blocking within the EU. This includes mandating access to all versions of a website in the EU, non-discrimination between EU customers when distance shopping (online or otherwise), and non-discrimination in payment terms accepted. The Geo-Blocking Regulation will be revoked in the UK once the Transition Period comes to an end on 1 January 2021 , under the Geo-Blocking Regulation (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. More information on the Geo-Blocking Regulation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/geo-blocking-from-1-january-2021.

Topic  Consumer issues 
Department  DBEIS 
Council Reference   
COM Reference  COM(20)766 
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PE Cons   
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SWD  SWD(20)294 
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