European Union seeks to make life easier for online shoppers 
AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki

BRUSSELS : The European Union has unveiled several proposals to make it easier to buy online across its borders, to demand that providers like Netflix offer European films and to protect children from harmful content.

EU consumer affairs commissioner, Vera Jourova, said Wednesday’s package “is an important step to bring consumer protection up to speed with the online world and to give legal certainty to traders.” The rules combat geo-blocking, which can result in online shoppers being rerouted to a country-specific platform when they try to buy abroad.

On-demand video providers like Netflix would be forced to offer at least a 20 percent share of European-made content on their catalogs.

New tools would also better protect minors from content like pornography or violence and crack down on incitement to hatred.

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