'Breaking down the barriers to e-commerce' - MEP welcomes new geoblocking rules

MEP Deirdre Clune

Irish people are now able to shop online without unjustified geoblocking wherever they are in the EU, according to new rules that came into force this week.

Geoblocking is the practice of using territorial licensing restrictions in online and offline transactions of physical goods and the provision of electronic services. It stops customers in one country from accessing websites in other countries.

Speaking on the new rules on geoblocking, MEP Deirdre Clune said: “At the European Parliament recently we met to take stock of the progress made in breaking down the barriers to e-commerce in the EU and discuss next opportunities and challenges.

"Europeans can now shop online without unjustified geoblocking wherever they are in the EU. Citizens will be able to compare parcel delivery costs more easily and benefit from more affordable prices for cross-border parcel delivery.”

MEP Clune urged Irish businesses to make the most of their online presence, noting that an effective online presence is critical to maximisng profits:

“We are living in a digital age and it is so important with the amount of competition in the market now that retailers ensure they have an effective online offering. The figures show that Irish consumers are spending a lot of money online and with the festive season now in full swing it is vital that retailers ensure they are fully prepared," she said.

More on this topic

Ten local authorities across Ireland to roll out free public Wi-Fi programme

Clune happy to learn at European parliament

Phil Hogan: Kilkenny hub to emphasise Ireland's global leadership in agri technology

Watch: European election candidate's bizarre video has taken Twitter by storm

More in this Section

Diageo to give new fathers 26 weeks paternity leave

China cuts taxes to encourage chip makers in face of US pressure

String of firms that failed under controversial owner Greybull Capital

Greyhound Group set to create 100 new jobs


Lifestyle

Review: LP, at the Olympia

This is why Zandra Rhodes thinks it’s important to support young designers

Empty-nester Lorraine Kelly reveals a stylish makeover of her daughter Rosie’s bedroom

Sandal season is almost here: 5 footwear trends to be seen in this summer

More From The Irish Examiner