How the Digital Single Market Could Affect business

The Digital Single Market is in the European Commission’s work programme for 2017. The European Commission has carried out four regulatory evaluations in 2016. Now, they will all be followed-up by legislative reviews in 2017.

The major areas concerned are VAT for cross-border e-commerce, AV media services and their flexibility, telecoms regulatory framework and cross-border access to satellite and cable services. Part of the European Commission’s priorities are also new laws establishing cross-border mobility of online content and new aspects for contracts of online sales of goods or supply of digital content.

The associated costs would have to be borne by the service providers of online content and the Member States. Both would have to invest time and money to adjust their infrastructure to comply with the new requirements.