Communications Networks, Content and Technology
European Commission Directorate General

Digital Single Market

Digital Single Market

Goal

Our vision is the completion of the Digital Single market (DSM). F1 will contribute to realising the DSM, where necessary through contribution to EU legislation in order to enhance and coordinate the framework conditions for growth and jobs.Our vision is also to drive and/or coordinate the policy initiatives within the scope of DG CONNECT activity that contributes directly to the completion of the Digital Single Market.

Action

Contribute concretely, effectively and constructively to the European Single Market, fostering policy initiatives on digital aspects relating to consumers and business, including SMEs, especially to promote e-commerce, supporting legislative, tackling the barriers or other type of interventions within or outside the Digital Agenda.

Situation

Companies in general and innovative sectors in particular suffer from the current fragmentation of the Digital Single Market (DSM) and at times, from unclear rules. Defragmentation of the DSM is therefore an essential target and the award for defragmentation is growth. It is estimated that Europe could gain 4 percent GDP by stimulating fast development of DSM by 2020. (http://www.epc.eu/dsm/2/Study_by_Copenhagen.pdf)In addition, the current Digital Single Market  so called framework conditions - tax regimes, skills gap, state-aid, venture capital financing for companies, intellectual property regimes etc. - are not always fit for maximising competitiveness and investment.  Such framework conditions for the DSM need to be clarified, coordinated and in some cases upgraded in order to better underline the link between growth & jobs and innovation.

Input

Full-Time Equivalent: 
People: 
7.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)

Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:

Other: 

In addition, we will use external groups such as the Commissioners Group on the Digital Agenda for political direction; the DAE Inter-service group to ensure implementation occurs as planned; the Digital Agenda High Level Group with Member States.

Growth & Jobs (Unit F.1)
Outputs

A DSM/growth and jobs framework conditions roadmap strategy in the framework of the 2013 October Council

Indicators

137

Chef de File for a working group on the October Council in 2013

Target Chef de File for a working group on the October Council(2013)

1 DSM overall (chapeau) narrative – Sep. 2013

Target 1 DSM overall (chapeau) narrative(September 2013)

Analysis of barriers to the functioning of the DSM.

Analysis of barriers to the functioning of the DSM including framework conditions that conditions (eg. patents, venture capital etc) to help to coordinate DG CONNECT's influence vis-à-vis other DGs in creating a processes to establish clear and effective DG CONNECT positions concerning these barriers.

Indicators

141

One DSM barrier analysis, internal coordination and mapping

Target One DSM barrier analysis, internal coordination and mapping

Digital Single Market - Industrial policy follow-up

In collaboration with DG ENTR and DG MARKT

Indicators

144

Produce and implement "industrial policy roadmap"

Target One industrial policy roadmap integrated in the overall strategy

Stakeholder collaboration

Stakeholder collaboration (input from some of the 5 platforms – cf. Priority 1).

Indicators

148

Number and relevance of stakeholders participating, level of their commitment

Target Process of maintaining and activating 5 stakeholder platforms throughout 2013(2013)

Legal or policy initiatives

Work on specific DSM enablers (with structural elements that will promote defragmentation)

Indicators

150

Mobile payments (with DG MARKT): provide input on m-payment aspects to legislative proposalproposal

Target Engagement with mobile payment stakeholders on update of Payment Services Directive (up to 5 contacts with organizations)(In 2013)

Interservice Consultation "intelligence"

Monitor Commission policy initiatives (existing or in preparation) to have a clear idea on timelines, content etc. Feed this information into the decision-making process of the DG

Indicators

158

Regular reporting to hierarchy on forthcoming activities in other DGs

Target Regular reporting to hierarchy on forthcoming activities in other DGs

Coordination with Commission policy initiatives on the single market from other DGs (existing or in preparation)

Indicators

162

Number and relevance of initiatives to which unit F1 has contributed and degree to which F1 input has been considered in the final proposals

Target Contribution to all relevant interservice consultations and a process for follow-up of digital aspects in relevant initiatives (2013): ICT aspects included in 100% of relevant policy documents from other DGs(2013)
Results/Impacts

Contribution to the completion of the DSM

In collaboration, in particular, with DG MARKT and DG COMP.

Indicators

170

DSM completion by 2015. Contribution to achieving 4% GDP gain in 2020 through the completion of the DSM. (lead indicator)

Target DSM completion by 2015. Contribution to achieving 4% GDP gain in 2020 through the completion of the DSM. (Potentially measured by follow-up study to the digital Copenhagen economics report). Goal shared with operational units and other DGs.(By 2015)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • eCommerce Action Plan - Double the share of eCommerce in retail sales and of the internet sector in European GDP by 2015
  • DAE - 50 % of the population to buy online by 2015
  • DAE - 20 % of the population to buy online cross-border by 2015
  • DAE - 33 % of SMEs to make online sales by 2015

The share of e-commerce in retail sales (currently at 3,4%) and of the Internet sector in European GDP is currently of 4%.