EU Digital Single Market
What is EU Digital Single Market
The Digital Single Market denotes the strategy of the European Commission to ensure access to online activities for individuals and businesses under conditions of fair competition, consumer and data protection, removing geo-blocking and copyright issues
The Digital Single Market is part of the Digital Agenda for Europe 2020 program of the EU, an initiative of Europe 2020 proposed strategy. It is defined by A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe by the European Commission.
The DSM strategy was adopted on the 6 May 2015. It includes 16 specific initiatives which have been delivered by the Commission by January 2017. Legislative proposals are currently being discussed by the co-legislator, the European Parliament and the Council.
A DSM creates opportunities for new startups and allows existing companies to reach a market of over 500 million people. Completing a DSM can contribute EUR 415 billion per year to Europe's economy, create jobs and transform our public services.
Furthermore, it offers opportunities for citizens, provided they are equipped with the right digital skills. Enhanced use of digital technologies improve citizens' access to information and culture and improve their job opportunities. It can promote modern open government.
The three said "pillars" of the European Commission strategy are; >Access to online products and services >Conditions for digital networks and services to grow and thrive >Growth of the European digital economy
EU Roaming Charges
Roaming charges across the EU have been scrapped. The European Union has scrapped roaming charges following a vote in the European Parliament in February. From today EU citizens won't be charged extra for calls, SMS messages or internet outside their home countries, when travelling in the EU.