Subsequently, the revised Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation was adopted in December 2017, while the Regulation on addressing unjustified geoblocking in February 2018. In December 2017, the co-legislators also reached a provisional agreement on the Regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services.
Preventing geoblocking and other forms of discrimination based on nationality or place of residence
The regulation on geo-blocking aims to provide more opportunities to customers: it addresses the problem of customers not being able to buy products and services from traders located in a different Member State, or being discriminated in accessing the best prices or sales conditions compared to nationals or residents. Consumers and businesses – especially SMEs – show an increasing interest in shopping across the EU; 68 % of internet users in the EU shopped online in 2017.
Main elements of the Regulation:
- access to products and services
- access to websites
- non-discrimination in payments.
Making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable and efficient
On 14 December 2017, the co-legislators reached a provisional agreement to make prices for cross-border parcel delivery services more transparent and affordable and to increase regulatory oversight of the EU parcel market. This agreement needs to be formally approved by the Parliament and the Council.
Read the Commission’s proposal from 25 May 2016.
Increasing consumer trust in e-commerce
The revised Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation improves the EU-wide cooperation mechanism for consumer protection.
In May 2016, the Commission also published updated guidance on unfair commercial practices to respond, among others, to the challenges presented by the digital world. The revised guidance also incorporated two sets of self-regulatory principles agreed among stakeholders.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_wp_posts number=”4″][/vc_column][/vc_row]