On May 6, 2015, the European Commission launched an ambitious program to create a single digital market. It included 16 initiatives with the goal of uniting Europe’s fragmented digital economies into a unified one with more than 500 million consumers. If the national barriers could be removed, the Commission estimated it would contribute EUR415 billion per year to Europe’s economies.
Today, it’s time for a two year verdict.
The Commission has put forward far-reaching proposals to end unjustified geoblocking, revamp copyright, overhaul telecom rules, partnered with industry on cybersecurity, and pioneered a plan to spread fast speed mobile and fixed Internet access across the continent. But has it achieved its goal to remove the key differences between the online and offline worlds – to break down barriers to cross-border online activity? Will the Commission actions increase confidence of digital entrepreneurs to invest and grow? Will they make Europe more competitive?
CEPS will explore the answer to these questions in the next Digital Forum event, to be held on 9 May 2017.
Registration/Coffee from 10.00 – Meeting from 10.30 to 13.00 – A light lunch will be serve after the event.