The European Digital Single Market

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The journal Intereconomics, published bi-monthly by CEPS and the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW), features articles dealing with economic and social policy issues affecting Europe. Each issue contains a Forum section offering an in-depth exploration of a selected topic. All contributions to the Forum section in each issue, as well as the Editorial, are available for free downloading from the CEPS website at the links below (for full content, see 

Abstract: In 2015 the European Commission adopted the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, aiming to establish common European data protection rules, reform telecoms rules and modernise copyright rules, among other goals. The authors in this Forum review the progress made thus far and explore the opportunities for further improvements to the EU’s digital regulatory framework. How can the DSM ensure data privacy and online consumer protection? What degree of harmonisation of rules in the 28 member states is necessary? Can small businesses take advantage of the potential benefits of big data, or are these benefi ts limited to large companies that can afford to invest in the proper analysis of the data? What lessons can the EU draw from experiences in other parts of the world? Perhaps most importantly, how can the DSM be optimised to support European innovation and economic growth?

Authors: Andrea Renda, By J. Scott Marcus, Christian Wernick, Maciej Sobolewski, Joanna Mazur, Michał Paliński, Barbara Engels, Reza Rajabiun, Catherine Middleton, Alexandre de Streel, Daniel Gros, Jacob S. Hacker

Forum: Will the DSM Strategy Spur Innovation?

By Andrea Renda

Forum: Economic Implications of Further Harmonisation of Electronic Communications Regulation in the EU

By J. Scott Marcus and Christian Wernick

Forum: GDPR: A Step Towards a User-centric Internet?

By Maciej Sobolewski, Joanna Mazur and Michał Paliński

Forum: Detours on the Path to a European Big Data Economy

By Barbara Engels

Forum: Regulatory Federalism and Broadband Divergence: Implications of Invoking Europe in the Making of Canadian Telecom Policy

By Reza Rajabiun and Catherine Middleton

Forum: A European Agenda for Smart Consumer Protection Rules for Digital Services

By Alexandre de Streel

Editorial: Macron a Game Changer for Europe?

By Daniel Gros

Letter from America: America’s Health Care War

By Jacob S. Hacker