07-05-15

EU Commission unveils ambitious plans for a Digital Single Market

cep expert Van Roosebeke: Main hurdle will be to convince the member states to agree to an EU-wide regulation

EU's Ansip (l.) and Oettinger at press conference

The EU Commission on Wednesday unveiled its plans for creating a Digital Single Market. They are built on three pillars: better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe; creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish; maximising the growth potential of the digital economy. “I want to see pan-continental telecoms networks, digital services that cross borders and a wave of innovative European start-ups,” EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said. cep expert Bert Van Roosebeke, however, cautions that the main hurdle will be to convince the member states to agree to an EU-wide regulation, thereby giving up national responsibilities. “It will be crucial for the Juncker Commission to gather enough momentum to prevail against the member states in the coming drawn-out and complex negotiations,” Van Roosebeke reckoned.