A summary of the Committee’s consideration of the draft report is now available.
Open markets have long been known to stimulate economic growth, as the free movement of people, goods and services across borders drives innovation and commercial dynamism. These benefits are even more pronounced in the digital domain. Enabling seamless crossborder digital commerce can help companies to build at scale, and benefits consumers by widening their choices. Europe has a strong technology and digital sector, made evident by its many disrupter brands, from Skype to BlaBlaCar, and a digitally savvy population. But by opening up the bloc into a single digital market, and by increasing internet access in its less developed economies, could the sector go further? How can Europe’s digital economy reach the same level of openness as the traditional one?
Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.
The planning is indicative and proposals are subject to Better Regulation principles, including the requirement to conduct an impact assessment.
Legal Affairs Committee MEPs approved new rules that aim to give consumers a wider choice in online TV and radio news and current affairs programmes across borders in the EU.
MEPs took an important step today towards eliminating the barriers that hinder cross-border on-line trade and defining rules that protect consumers in the digital environment. The Members of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee and the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection today jointly adopted the Directive on contracts for the supply of digital content. The new Directive will aim to harmonise the standard set of digital contract law rules on contracts between businesses and consumers
“This means the end of discrimination of consumers buying physical goods online in the European Single Market. European consumers will no longer be deprived of access to physical goods or services based on their nationality, residence or IP address”, said the European Parliament’s lead negotiator, Roza Thun MEP who defends the consumer’s right to profit from the whole Single Market.
A summary of the report back from the trilogue is available.