International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

Stakeholders take the EU Digital Single Market initiative seriously

In 2014 the EU’s Juncker Commission announced that A Connected Digital Single Market was one of its ten key priorities and later it set out 16 actions in order to operationalise it. On 4th December 2015 the public and private stakeholders present at the panel organised by the European Parliament’s Information Office in London showed that serious efforts would be needed to balance key stakes.

Decision making on geoblocking, data protection, copyright/licensing and liability of cloud computing are expected to dominate the supranational political agenda. According to Vicky Ford (MEP, Chair of IMCO), however, the ultimate aim will be to ensure that decisions are made to boost innovation and not hamper it with unintended consequences for creators and consumers of choice and further fragmentation of national legislations across the EU.

The closeness between the European Commission (EC) and the European Parliament (EP)'s estimated amount of yearly benefits and general impact of the Digital Single Market suggests that, as far as the ends are concerned, the two institutions stand on a common ground. Drawing on the idea of the EC-commissioned Cecchini Report on the Cost of Non-Europe (1988), the EP has established a strong emphasis on competition and economic growth through greater harmonisation in digital trade.