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Digital Single Market for Europe: 16 initiatives unveiled

May 6, 2015 | News

(06 May 2015) – Today, the European Commission unveiled its detailed plans to create a Digital Single Market, thereby delivering on one of its top priorities.

At present, barriers online mean citizens miss out on goods and services: only 15% shop online from another EU country; Internet companies and start-ups cannot take full advantage of growth opportunities online – only 7% of SMEs sell cross-border. Finally, businesses and governments are not fully benefitting from digital tools.

According to the Commission, a fully functional Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion per year to our economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

The Digital Single Market Strategy adopted today includes a set of targeted actions to be delivered by the end of next year. It is built on three pillars:

  • (1) better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe;
  • (2) creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish;
  • (3) maximising the growth potential of the digital economy.

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