1. No more automatic country redirects when shopping online
In February 2018, MEPs adopted a regulation to end geo-blocking, obliging retailers to give people access to goods and services on the same terms all over the EU, regardless of where they are connecting from.
2. Better parcel delivery
MEPs adopted new rules in March 2018 to make the international parcel delivery market more transparent and competitive and to reduce the barriers consumers and e-retailers encounter when purchasing products online in the EU.
3. Access to your paid content services across the EU
The portability regulation applicable to all EU countries enables consumers to access their portable online content services when they travel in the EU in the same way they access them at home.
4. Free wifi in public spaces
In order to enjoy digital content users need reliable high-speed connections. WIFI4EU, a funding scheme to promote free wifi connectivity in public spaces across the EU, opened for applications in 2018. The objective of the WIFI4EU European initiative is to provide more than 6,000 communities across the EU with free high-speed wifi connection by 2020.
5. Upcoming rules on cheaper international calls and 5G
In November, MEPs voted in favour of the telecom package, which aims to cap calls between EU countries at 19 cents per minute and text messages at six cents from 15 May 2019. The rules also aim to boost the investment needed to make 5G connectivity available in European cities by 2020.
6. Data protection
The General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) is fully applicable since 25 May 2018. The rules give consumers more power over their digital presence, including the right to information about how their data is used, and to delete content they no longer want visible online.