This edition of In Focus will feature a number of articles on the Digital Single Market. We are delighted to have Vice-President of the Commission, Andrus Ansip, who is responsible for the DSM to share his views on the Commission’s activities and outlines recent initiatives proposed by the Commission.
One of the three pillars on which The Digital Single Market Strategy, adopted by the Commission on 6 May 2015, is based, is to build better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe. Such an aim cannot be reached without a robust set of rules to ensure the rights of consumers are respected. For consumers to have confidence in the rules it is necessary that they are clear, consistent and easily enforceable.
On 25 May 2016, the European Commission tabled its draft proposal on the Portability Regulation together with its proposals and communications on e-commerce.
On 25 May, the Commission published its communication on online platforms in the Digital Single Market. The document discusses the Commission’s views on the regulatory approach to platforms, key challenges ahead and steps to be taken in the near future. The communication also uses the results from the public consultation held late last year.