MEPs demand initiatives to boost the digital economy from the Commission and say unjustified geo-blocking of consumers' online access to goods and services has to stop.
Transforming the economy by generating €415 billion and creating thousands of jobs, that’s what a fully functioning Digital Single Market could do for Europe. MEPs gave it their support at a vote in Strasbourg on Tuesday. The economy is becoming more and more digital. We can see how those digital barriers dividing Member States are coming back. We have to create the Digital Single Market in the EU. First things first, getting rid of barriers across the 28 Member States to make sure that consumers have greater access to goods and services online.
Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Another focal point of the discussion in the chamber was geo-blocking, a practice that prevents the user accessing information based on their location. The Parliament calls for an end to unjustified geo-blocking.
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
But what MEPs say is required, is to put the consumer first and for innovation to be allowed to flourish.
So far the Digital Single Market is merely a concept, but expect the Commission to put flesh on the bones of their proposal later this year.