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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on geoblocking

Nicola Caputo

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on geoblocking  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas geoblocking causes enormous damage to consumers and to e-commerce platforms;

B.  whereas only 9% of start-ups and SMEs operate as online retailers beyond national borders in the EU;

C.  whereas digital barriers prevent access to culture;

D.  whereas geoblocking also leads to a restriction in the audience and number of potential clients for artists and European start-ups;

E.  whereas greater dynamism in cross-border transactions would encourage a substantial number of start-ups to open up to the EU market, resulting in a growth in turnover;

1.  Considers geoblocking to be a restriction for online consumers which, while not a physical barrier, has the same impact as restrictions on imports, exports and goods in transit that have long been banned by the EU in order to facilitate the free movement of goods and services within the single market;

2.  Calls on the Commission, therefore, to take specific measures to prevent some companies from choosing not to serve certain EU markets, or from offering services under different conditions;

3.  Calls, in addition, for urgent measures to be considered with a view to better regulating online video content.

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