martes, 3 de julio de 2018

Digital Single Market: Where are we?

After two years of regulatory frenzy, the Digital single Market Stratefy is close to its completion. Although all the initial proposals put forward by the European Commission has been sustancially changed, the number of EU digital regulations have been multiplied by four (from less than two decens to nearly half hundred). It would be difficult to say from now on that the digital dimension of the single market is an space without law. 

The importance of the work already done was forseseen in its inception. The main global think-tanks that published analysis on the future of Europe a couple of years ago included a chapter about the digital outlook. Perhaps it is time to reviews if the former goals are now a reality: Elimination of cross-border barriers, establishing the pillars of a data economy and the creation of a level playing field.

Firstly, certainly the cross-border barriers for digital trade has decreased. The end of roaming charges, the ban on geoblocking, portability for digital content suscriptions  and other regulations has armonised the digital regulatory approach. P2B relationship regulation now under debate will be the final milestone to be reach. The fragmentation of the digital European market has been certainly avoid in a high degree. 

Secondly, the flow of data across Europe will be easier from now on. Beyond the GDPR, a regulation on the free flow of non personal data has been also approved. Location restrictions on data will need to be justified and the mere legacy of the Gutenberg era will not be a reason anymore.

However, it is not so clear that the third objective regarding establishing a level playing has been achieved. There are suspicions that the innovative regulations as the GDPR, the forthcoming copyright directive or the P2B regulation will benefit the bigger platforms more than limiting their power. Comply with the GDPR or  developing the automatic copyright filters will be easy to develop for the Google of Facebook but perhaps more difficult for small european start-ups.

Lights and shadows. For the next five years, the task of the next European Commission should be to monitorise and observe the outcomes and try to assess if things has been develop the right way or some excess should be corrected.

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