Europe: European Commission publishes strategy on the Digital Single Market

The European Commission (EC) published its strategy on the Digital Single Market on 6 May 2015. The strategy includes 16 initiatives to be delivered by the end of 2016 and is built on three pillars: Access, Environment and Economy & Society. With its strategy, the EC aims to create a fair level playing field where all companies within the EU are subject to the same consumer rules and data protection.


Each pillar has its own initiatives and is summarised as follows:

Access: better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe

  • Legislative proposals for simple and effective cross-border contract rules for consumers and businesses
  • Review of the Regulation on Consumer Protection Cooperation
  • Measures in the area of parcel delivery
  • Identifying unjustified Geo-blocking
  • Competition sector inquiry into e-commerce
  • Legislative proposals for a reform of the copyright regime
  • Review of the Satellite and Cable Directive
  • Legislative proposals to reduce the administrative burden on businesses arising from different VAT regimes

Environment: creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish

  • Legislative proposals to reform the current telecom rules
  • Review of the Audio Visual Media Services Directive
  • Comprehensive analysis of the role of platforms in the market, including illegal content on the internet
  • Review of the e-Privacy Directive
  • Establishment of a Cybersecurity contractual Public-Private Partnership

Economy & Society: maximising the growth potential of the digital economy

  • Initiatives on data ownership, free flow of data (e.g. data between cloud providers) and on an European Cloud
  • Adoption of a Priority ICT Standards Plan and extending the European Interoperability Framework for public services
  • New e-Government Action Plan, including an initiative on the 'Once-Only' principle and an initiative on building up the interconnection of business registers.

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