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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services - Contracts for the sale of goods (debate)

  Daniel Dalton, on behalf of the ECR Group. – Mr President, I would like to thank our three co-rapporteurs for their work as well. Having one set of rules for people who buy digital content and services across Europe will make life easier for consumers and businesses alike. The UK was the first country to introduce such legislation, but many Member States had no provisions at all, and if you want Europe to be a digital superpower, we can’t rely on old analogue regulations. In today’s modern economy, millions of people daily buy apps, subscribe to news outlets, or take part in online gaming, and these new rules will mean consumers have the same base-level of protection wherever they buy products.

That also means less red tape for businesses that sell digital content or services across borders. It will also make it easier for people to cancel contracts or seek refunds if those products are not up to scratch, so the recent example of a French newspaper making it very easy to instantly subscribe online but then requiring all cancellations to be done by a paper form should be a thing of the past. So this is a win for consumers, it is a win for European businesses, and we in my Group will be supporting it.

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