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Geo-Blocking: a new Regulation enters into force

Regulation (EU) 2018/302 addresses unjustified on line sales discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market. The ban on geo-blocking is an important element of the digital single market strategy.

The Regulation enters into force on 22 March 2018 in all EU Member States and will apply from 3 December 2018 to allow in particular small traders to adapt.

It amends Regulations (EC) 2006/2004 and (EU) 2017/2394 and Directive 2009/22/EC.

Within two years after the entry into force of the new rules, the Commission will carry out a first evaluation of their impact on the internal market. The evaluation will include a possible application of the new rules to certain electronically supplied services which offer copyrighted content such as downloadable music, e-books, software and online games as well as of services in sectors such as transport and audio-visual.

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