New rules to allow cross-border streaming in the EU are approved

The move would give users access to their online content while abroad

New rules to allow cross-border streaming in the EU are approved

In this file photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet | Image: Elise Amendola AP/Press Association Images

New rules to allow people to watch streaming content, such as Netflix, aboard have been approved by the European Parliament.

The move would give access to online music, games, films or sporting events while abroad in another EU country.

They have been approved by the Legal Affairs Committee in a vote.

Jean-Marie Cavada said: "I am very pleased, as rapporteur, to have been able to take part in drafting this regulation, which makes it possible to introduce the uniform application of portability rules in Europe, a reform much awaited by our fellow citizens.

"I am all the more pleased that the report makes it possible to ensure respect for territoriality, which is essential for the proper development and financing of the audiovisual and cinematographic sector in Europe.

His report was approved with 22 votes in favour, none against and no abstentions.

The provision of copyright-protected online content services is still largely characterised by territorial and exclusive licensing practices.

This sees a lack of cross-border portability in the EU. However these proposals mean this will change

Under the rules, as long as citizens have submitted proof of permanent residence in their member state of residence when subscribing to an online content service, they will have access to the proposed content whatever device they use and whatever member state they are travelling in.

To verify the member state of residence, strong verification measures will be put in place - such as random checks via the subscriber's IP address.

But the proposals say this will always guarantee user privacy and the proper application of relevant copyright rules.

This element also excludes any tracing or geolocation and ensures the protection of personal data.

Mr Cavada will now enter into negotiations with the European Council, with a view to reaching a compromise on the proposed law.