In conjunction with an orientation debate on 25 March 2015, the following three main areas of action were presented by the European Commission, while preparing the “Digital Single Market Strategy”:
1. Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services
2. Shaping the environment for digital networks and services to flourish
3. Creating a European Digital Economy and Society with long-term growth potential
The Commission also confirmed in its official press release that the comprehensive Digital Single Market Strategy will be unveiled in May 2015. Several Commissioners are part of the Digital Single Market project team. The Commission is also engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in the run up to the Strategy (see the report – join the debate on “Digital4EU”).
Furthermore, the Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, announced on 26 March 2015 a forthcoming proposal to launch a competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector. The inquiry will focus on private (in particular: contractual) barriers to cross-border e-commerce in digital content and goods. More information on the sector enquiry is available here.