EU Commission adopts Digital Single Market Strategy

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission unveiled one of its top priorities, which is the creation of Digital Single Market within the EU. It adopted Communication COM(2015) 192 (Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions) which includes a set of 16 targeted actions necessary to achieve the European Digital Market. According to the Commission, tearing down regulatory walls and moving from 28 national markets to a single European Digital Market could contribute €415 billion per year to the EU economy and create 3.8 million jobs.

The document issued by the European Commission contains a useful roadmap for completing the Digital Single Market, which provides a timetable for the next actions. All actions shall be tackled within 2016.

The strategy to build the Digital Single Market consists of three ‘pillars’: (i) better online access to digital goods and services, which requires the removal of barriers to cross-border online activity; (ii) an environment where digital networks and services can prosper: a high-speed, secure and trustworthy infrastructures and content services, supported by the right regulatory conditions for innovation, investment, fair competition and a level playing field shall be enforced; (iii) digital as a driver for growth, which requires investment in ICT infrastructures and technologies such as cloud computing and big data, and research and innovation to boost industrial competitiveness as well as better public services, inclusiveness and skills.

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