Today, 7 February 2017, the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, led by Ambassador Neil Kerr, reached a provisional landmark deal with the European Parliament to remove barriers to cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.
The agreement, which still needs to be confirmed by both the Council of the EU and the European Parliament in order to be formally adopted, will allow consumers who have subscribed or bought online content services in their home country to access it when temporarily present in another country within the EU, such as when they are away on holiday or business.
Commenting on the agreement, Chris Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business of Malta stated: "Europeans travelling within the EU will no longer be cut off from online services such as films, sporting broadcasts, music, e-books or games they have paid for back home. Together with the ending of roaming charges, this is important progress in creating a digital single market which benefits everyone."
The deal yet again makes good on the Maltese Presidency’s commitment to prioritise the Digital Single Market in order to provide real and tangible benefits to EU citizens and businesses. It comes just a week after another major agreement between the Maltese Presidency and the European Parliament on wholesale roaming, which paves the way for the elimination of mobile roaming charges in the EU by 15 June 2017.