What is the problem?
The internet is borderless, but online markets, both globally and in the EU, are still separated by multiple barriers affecting access to online services and content.
Why is EU action required?
The creation of attractive online content and services and its free circulation inside the EU and across its borders are fundamental to stimulate the virtuous cycle of demand. Persistent fragmentation of digital single market is stifling Europe's competitiveness in the digital economy. Despite the body of key single market legislation on intellectual property, data protection, eCommerce, transactions in the digital environment are still too complex, with inconsistent implementation of the rules across Member States. Consumers and businesses are still faced with considerable uncertainty about their rights and legal protection when doing business on line.
What has the Commission done so far?
The Commission adopted key legal proposals from Digital Agenda 2010:
- Framework Directive on collective rights management (Action 1 DAE 2010)
- Orphan Works Directive (Action 2, DAE 2010)
- Regulation on data protection (Action 12, DAE 2010)
The Commission decided not to review the e-commerce directive; however, it took a number of measures in the context of e-commerce action plan adopted in January 2012.
What will the Commission do?
The Commission will assist the European Parliament and the Council in legislative process. The Commission will monitor transposition of key directives and implementation of the regulation on data protection by the Member States.