Digital Single Market

Europe’s Digital Single Market

Creating a Digital Single Market (DSM) is one of the ten priorities of the European Commission (EC). The overall objective is to bring down barriers, regulatory or otherwise, to unlock online opportunities in Europe, from e-commerce to e-government. By doing so, the EU hopes to have a way with the current 28 fragmented markets and create one borderless market with harmonized legislation and rules for the benefit of businesses and consumers alike throughout Europe.

Why does it matter?

The EC set out a high-level vision in its May 6, 2015 DSM Strategy which will be followed by a number of specific and concrete legislative proposals and policy actions to be developed in 2015-2016.  They are broad reaching: from reforming e-commerce sector, VAT for SMEs and copyright to consumer protection and data privacy laws. The DSM is bound to impact digital business across the board.

The three main pillars of the strategy are:

Pillar I: e-commerce

  • better access for consumers and businesses to online goods and services across Europe
  • remove key differences between the online and offline worlds to break down barriers to cross-border online activity.

Pillar II: digital networks and services

  • achieve high-speed, secure and trustworthy infrastructures and content services
  • get the right regulatory conditions for innovation, investment, fair competition and a level playing field.

Pillar III: growth potential of the European Digital Economy

  • invest in ICT infrastructures and technologies such as Cloud computing and Big Data, and research and innovation to boost industrial competiveness and skills
  • Increase interoperability and standardization

EU Information:

Link to the EU Digital Single Market website

 

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