13 May 2020

How to Fully Reap the Benefits of the Internal Market for E-Commerce?

New economic opportunities and challenges for digital services 20 years after the adoption of the e-Commerce Directive Policy

Nadina Iacob / Felice Simonelli

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This paper provides a framework for maximising current and potential benefits of e-commerce for the single market while minimising economic and societal costs. It takes stock of the role of the e-Commerce Directive and analyses new challenges arising in the age of platforms. Forward-looking solutions are presented to enhance cross-border e-commerce in the EU, facilitate access to digital copyrighted content and improve the sustainability of online platforms. Finally, the paper reflects on the planned digital services act, outlining policy recommendations.

The paper was prepared by CEPS for the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies of the European Parliament at the request of the committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). The paper can also be downloaded from the European Parliament Think Tank website.