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  1. Legal news
    18 April 2017
    Ban on geo-blocking and geo-discrimination

    On 25 May 2016, as part of her Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation prohibiting geo-blocking and other forms of geo-discrimination (i.e. discrimination based on a ...

  2. Legal news
    24 February 2020
    "Sweep" of European websites

    On 31 January 2020, the European Commission published the results of an EU-wide screening of nearly 500 e-shops selling clothing and footwear, furniture and household items, and electric appliances. These sweeps are ...

  3. Legal news
    16 June 2020
    Geo-Blocking Regulation: Stumbling Block or Building Block towards the Digital Single Market?

    Already a while ago, on the 3rd of December 2018, the Geo-blocking Regulation (“the GBR”) came into force. The GBR’s goal is to realise the full potential of the EU’s internal market by abolishing obstacles put in place ...

  4. Legal news
    25 May 2018
    Six months until the Geo-Blocking Regulation applies: we are prepared, are you?

    As of 3 December 2018, the EU Geo-blocking Regulation will apply. The regulation is relevant for all traders offering their goods or services to EU end-users (B2C and B2B).

  5. Legal news
    03 December 2018
    Geo-blocking Regulation applicable as of 3 December 2018

    As of today, 3 December 2018, the Geo-blocking Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2018/302, "Regulation") applies.

  6. Legal news
    25 April 2018
    New EU Geo-Blocking Regulation: what businesses selling into the EU and across Member State borders need to do to comply

    A new EU Geo-blocking Regulation will apply from 3 December 2018 and will affect many businesses that sell their goods and services into EU countries and across the borders of the Member States. We highlight the main ...

  7. Legal news
    12 June 2019
    EU Regulatory Initiatives and Competition Policy in the Digital Era: What has been completed and what to expect in the next mandate

    This International Bar Association paper prepared under the leadership of Bird & Bird experts Hein Hobbelen, Francine Cunningham & Baptist Vleeshouwers, takes stock of EU Digital Single Market initiatives and ...

  8. Legal news
    12 October 2020
    The future of the VBER

    The current VBER has been in force since 2010. Since then, the commercial landscape has changed dramatically. The Commission published its evaluation of the VBER on 8 September 2020. This article looks at the changes to ...

  9. Legal news
    15 June 2020
    Commission seeks views on 'gatekeeper' platforms and a new competition tool

    On 2 June, the Commission launched a public consultation on its forthcoming Digital Services Act plus a New Competition Tool and is requesting feedback on roadmaps including one on ex ante regulatory instruments for ...