Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Action 103: Adopt and implement the key digital single market proposals of the Digital Agenda

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The action aims at adopting and implementing the key digital single market proposals of the Digital Agenda.

The Commission adopted the Framework Directive on collective rights management (action 1), Orphan Works Directive (Action 2), Regulation on data protection (Action 12). The Commission decided not to review the e-Commerce Directive; however, it took a number of measures in the context of the e-Commerce action plan adopted in January 2012.

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:

  • Framework Directive on collective rights management (Action 1 DAE)
  • Orphan Works Directive (Action 2 DAE)
  • Regulation on data protection (Action 12 DAE)
  • 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 next?

The Commission is assisting the European Parliament and the Council in the legislative process for the proposals on Data Protection regulation. The Commission will monitor transposition of other directives (Orphan works,  collective rights management).