miércoles, 2 de diciembre de 2015

2016: Year zero for #digital Europe

2015 has been a busy year in Europe regarding digital policy making. Several key communications have been presented by the European Commission containing (sometimes) overlapping roadmaps of future legislative and non-legislative proposals. The result will be a completely overhaul of the legal framework for digital networks and services in Europe, hopefully with a dramatic reduction of the market fragmentation.

Although the key document for establishing the foundations of digital Europe is the communication “A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe”, the visión would be partial without consulting at least two other pieces produced by the Brussels policy-making factory. Firstly, the strategy for updating the European trade policy, “Trade for all: Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy". Secondly, the set of actions planned to achieve a deeper and fairer Single Market, “Upgrading the Single Market: More opportunities for people and business”. Both documents are transversal policy-making papers, the fact that both of them have a strong digital flavour reflects the fact that digitalisation is over flooding the whole economic activity. This is particularly true in the second document: Half of the measures proposed for the Commission to complete the Single Market are oriented to develop the digital economy (5 of 11) and the majority of them (4 of 5) are nothing more that a different development of actions already proposed in "A strategy for a Digital Single Market for Europe".

A policy without a development is only a letter of intentions. Fortunately, it looks the European Commission will begin to present its proposals in 2016. The work program for 2016, "No time for business as usual" contains the intention to present all the legislative proposals relevant for the completion of the Digital Single Market before the end of 2016. Starting with the presentation of the new approach to copyright for the digital era, it looks that we will see next year the begin of the negotiations of several key legislative initiatives between the European Institutions. Furthermore, besides the review of the telecom and audiovisual frameworks, the development of a regulation for free data flows and a VAT Action Plan, the European Commission aims to provide guidance for development of the collaborative economy or hopes to conclude the negotiations of the TTIP with the USA. Perhaps, the only piece we miss is an intention to develop a new Safe Harbor agreement.

2016 is the time for great ambitions. The obscure bureaucracy mechanisms and the interests of the Member States will water down the initial proposals. Some of the ideas will be justly discarded as mere grabbing-power trials from the European Commission. The powerful lobbies will play its role and obtain some business advantages for their represented. But in the end, hopefully, it will be some advances towards a more digitised Europe. We badly need it to compete in the digital era.

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