The European Commission presented the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, designed to harmonize the rules governing the Internet industry and its infrastructure.
Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said: The DSM will contain 3 pillars of targeted and balanced initiatives, which form an interlinked package.
The first pillar aims to remove existing barriers. For that, the Commission: Will propose simple and effective cross-border contract rules with reinforced consumer protection cooperation; Present an initiative on parcel delivery to improve price transparency; Launch a comprehensive review preparing for legal changes to tackle unjustified geo-blocking, together with a competition inquiry into online trading; Modernize copyright rules, to help creators and content industry, consumers and innovators, to adapt to a fast evolving environment.
For the DSM to work properly, the second pillar of the DSM focuses on high-quality infrastructure, which has to function smoothly across all of Europe.
The third pillar is about the European digital economy and society. Digitising industry is vital for maintaining growth.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Today, we lay the groundwork for Europe’s digital future. I want to see pan-continental telecoms networks, digital services that cross borders and a wave of innovative European start-ups. I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business accessing the widest market - wherever they are in Europe,” .