EPRS Strategy By / May 21, 2022

The EU’s digital market [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The European Union’s governments, the European Parliament and European Commission have agreed on key regulations that will overhaul the EU’s digital market and increase the Union’s digital sovereignty in a field dominated by big US companies.

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Written by Marcin Grajewski.

The European Union’s governments, the European Parliament and European Commission have agreed on key regulations that will overhaul the EU’s digital market and increase the Union’s digital sovereignty in a field dominated by big US companies. The Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act aim to make the digital market in Europe more transparent, safe and accountable. The planned legislative changes will introduce new rules for online digital players, such as intermediary services, hosting services and large online platforms. Big Tech companies – those designated as ‘gatekeepers’ – will have to moderate their content more actively, stop targeting minors with manipulative advertising and give more access to their systems to smaller competitors. The reforms, which still need final sign-off by the EU’s co-legislators, would force the companies to make their terms and conditions easily understandable. Other debates in this field include cyber-security, digital currencies and artificial intelligence.

This note gathers links to the recent publications and commentaries from many international think tanks on the European digital market.

Buy now, pay later: The age of digital credit
Bruegel, May 2022

Insights for successful enforcement of Europe’s Digital Markets Act
Bruegel, May 2022

Digital product passports: What does the Sustainable Products Initiative bring?
European Policy Centre, May 2022

The EU’s experimental approach in overhauling competition rules
Brookings Institution, April 2022

Resolving gender gaps in ICT is critical for a more sustainable future
Brookings Institution, April 2022

Measuring the intangible economy to address policy challenges
Bruegel, April 2022

The dark side of artificial intelligence: Manipulation of human behaviour
Bruegel, April 2022

What is the metaverse?
Chatham House, April 2022

Two worlds apart? Harmonizing digitalization and the environment
Chatham House, April 2022

After the DMA, the DSA and the New AI regulation: Mapping the economic consequences of and responses to new digital regulations in Europe
European Centre for International Political Economy, April 2022

Strategic autonomy tech alliances
Foundation for European Progressive Studies, April 2022

Regulating the digital future: A centre-right approach to crypto assets and digital currencies
Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, April 2022

Next-generation technology and electoral democracy: Understanding the changing environment
Centre for International Governance Innovation, March 2022

Cybersécurité et protection des données en Europe: Menaces et perspectives
Jacques Delors Institute, March 2022

Advancing European internal and external digital sovereignty
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, March 2022

Can a cybercrime convention for all be achieved?
Chatham House, March 2022

The fight for Europe’s digital future
European Council on Foreign Relations, March 2022

Growing stronger together: Towards an EU–ASEAN digital partnership?
Clingendael, February 2022

Facebook shadow profiles
DIW, February 2022

The EU Digital Markets Act: Assessing the quality of regulation
European Centre for International Political Economy, February 2022

The platform economy in Europe: Results from the second ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey
European Trade Union Institute, February 2022

Russia’s quest for digital sovereignty ambitions, realities, and its place in the world
German Council on Foreign Relations, February 2022

The European Union renews its offensive against US technology firms
Peterson Institute for International Economics, February 2022

How the Digital Markets Act will challenge consumers
Centre for European Reform, January 2022

No pain, no gain? The Digital Markets Act
Centre for European Reform, January 2022

Innovative data collection methods for international development
Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 2022

Digital trade and digital technical standards
Chatham House, January 2022

Which platforms will be caught by the Digital Markets Act? The ‘gatekeeper’ dilemma
Bruegel, December 2021

‘In situ’ data rights
Bruegel, December 2021

Global gateway’s proof of concept: EU digital connectivity in Africa
Clingendael, December 2021

When internet governance meets digital cooperation
Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, December 2021

Competitors’ reactions to big tech acquisitions: Evidence from mobile apps
DIW, December 2021

The global digital skills gap: Current trends and future directions
Rand Europe, December 2021

Listening to different European voices is key for the green digital transition
Friends of Europe, November 2021

No digitalisation without representation: An analysis of policies to empower labour in the digital workplace
Foundation for European Progressive Studies, November 2021

The digital technology environment and Europe’s capacity to act
German Institute on Foreign Relations, November 2021

The Digital Markets Act (DMA): Between European autonomy and transatlantic cooperation
Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, November 2021

Do robots dream of paying taxes?
Bruegel, October 2021

Correcting course: The 2030 digital compass
Foundation for European Progressive Studies, October 2021

Connected Europe: A digital brand for a just transition
Friends of Europe, October 2021

The green digital transition will fail without citizen participation
Friends of Europe, October 2021

The great transatlantic data disruption: The damage of data localization after Schrems II
Progressive Policy Institute, October 2021

Production and trade of ICT from an EU perspective
Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche, October 2021
Council on Foreign Relations, December 2021


Read this briefing on ‘The EU’s digital market‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.


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