EPRS Strategy By / May 7, 2015

Digital single market in Europe [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski On May 6, the European Commission unveiled its strategy for creating a digital single market, one…

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Written by Marcin Grajewski

On May 6, the European Commission unveiled its strategy for creating a digital single market, one of the top priorities of President Jean-Claude Juncker. It aims to stimulate economic growth and create jobs by making the European Union embrace the digital revolution and open up digital opportunities for people and businesses. The Commission’s communication sets out 16 initiatives, which envisage giving consumers and businesses easier access to digital goods and services, creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish as well as maximising the growth potential of the digital economy. They provide, for example, for facilitating e-commerce, tackling geo-blocking, modernising copyright law and simplifying VAT arrangements.

This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports on the topic from major international think tanks and research institutes.


Toward a social compact for digital privacy and security
Chatham House (RIIA), 15 April, 2015

Is Europe missing out on the Telecoms revolution?
Brookings Institution, 19 March, 2015

The “Google Case” and the promotion of Europe’s digital economy
European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), April 2015

Competition policy in the digital economy
European Policy Information Center, 17 April, 2015


Digital market diagram
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Antitrust, Regulation and the Neutrality Trap
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), 17 April, 2015

The long road towards the European single market
Bruegel, 16 March, 2015

Open Data in the G8: A Review of Progress on the Open Data Charter
Center for Data Innovation, March, 2015

Startups and the digital single market
European Digital Forum, January 2015

Productivity and digitalisation in Europe: Paving the road to faster growth
Lisbon Council, Conference Board, December 2014

Start-ups in the digital age
Lisbon Council, December 2014

Digital minds for a New Europe
Lisbon Council, 13 November, 2014

Unbundling Google users from Europe
Bruegel, November, 2014

A friendly fire on economic recovery: A methodology to estimate the costs of data regulations
European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), October 2014

The importance of the Internet and transatlantic data flows for U.S. and EU trade and investment
Brookings Institution, October 2014

Taxation and the Digital Economy
European Policy Information Centre, October 2014

Memos to the new EU leadership: The digital agenda
Bruegel, September 2014

L’échiquier numérique américain: quelle place pour l’Europe?
Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), September 2014

The new Juncker Commission: The digital agenda
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), September 2014

The EU and its (cyber) partnerships
European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), March 2014

Speeding up Europe: Towards a digital single market
Friends of Europe, April 2014

The digital infrastructure as the next ‘EU Grand Project’
Instituto Affari Internazionali, January 2014

Delivering innovation-led, digitally-powered growth
Lisbon Council, October 2013

Copyright in the EU Digital Single Market
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), June 2013

Online Personal Data Processing and EU Data Protection Reform
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), April 2013

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