The study has been prepared for Policy Department A on the request of the European Parliament´s Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. The study is available on the European Parliament's website.
This study evaluates the benefits of a Digital Single Market for Europe, and quantifies the Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy (2015) from an economic perspective. The DSM Strategy seeks to tackle a wide range of issues related to the digitisation of European society, but an over-arching theme is the facilitation of cross-border electronic commerce within the EU. It is broadly in line with long-standing European Parliament initiatives to achieve a “digital single market that is essentially about removing national barriers to transactions that take place online.”
The authors consider first the effects of the legislative measures that comprise the DSM Strategy, and then discuss their relationship to the overall EU objectives of completion of the Single Market and of the digitisation of European society.