Digital – towards a European online single market

The digital revolution reshapes the world around us. This inevitable transformation of our globalized societies requires legislative and political anticipation in order to be able to respond to the upcoming changes. This is exactly the priority of the European Commission by launching in 2015 its strategy for the establishment of a digital single market (DSM). In order to guarantee that Europe keeps its good position in the worldwide digital economy, the European institutions have focused on eliminating the regulatory obstacles inside the single market, what would representing a yearly contribution of around 415 billion euro for the EU’s economy.

The DSM strategy does not contain any legislative proposition, but mandates the European Commission to provide for concrete actions for the implementation of the sixteen measures of the strategy. The European Commission has presented around 40 legislative acts and political initiatives within the sixteen measures of the DSM strategy. The European Parliament and the Council have the intention to come to a political agreement until the end of 2018 on the 18 legislative proposals of the DMS currently debated within the EU institutions.

The principal measures aim at improving the access to the digital goods and services through the facilitation of the trans-border electronic trade, the abolition of the unjustified geographic blockage, and the reform of the rules on copyright. Furthermore, the goal of the strategy is also to create a favorable environment to develop innovative digital networks and services, as well as equal competition conditions. The implementation of this priority requires broadband infrastructures that are fast, secure and reliable as well as adapting audiovisual rules to the digital era. Eventually, the DSM highlights the growth potential of the digital economy by encouraging the data flow, the cloud computing and the e-government.

Switzerland and the digital single market (DSM)

In its “Digital Switzerland” strategy of 2016, the Federal Council sets the framework by regulating the actions taken by the State and aiming at discovering opportunities of digitalization in order to position Switzerland as an attractive place to live, as well as an innovative and future-oriented economic and scientific hub. Thus, Switzerland has to pursue the dialogue with the European Union and to coordinate the activities on a national level and thus benefitting of the digital single market and avoiding risks of exclusion.