Digital Single Market tracker
Digital Single Market tracker

The following Commercial guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Digital Single Market tracker
  • Building block one—e-commerce and online platforms
  • Building block two—e-government services
  • Building block three—Data and AI
  • Buidling block four—Security
  • Building block five—Consumer protection in the digital era
  • Building block six—Electronic communications networks and services

This tracker tracks the major developments in the initiatives that form the European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy for Europe.

In 2015, the Commission launched its DSM strategy, with the intention of creating a DSM across the EU. For background, see:

  1. the Commission’s Communication of May 2015

  2. the European Parliament’s resolution of January 2016, and

  3. the Commission’s Mid-Term Review

The Commission has rolled out its strategy thus far using a mixture of legislation, decisions, recommendations, communications and guidance.

This tracker tracks major recent legislation introduced as part of the DSM. For a complete guide to the progress of all DSM initiatives, including previously implemented legislation, see the Commission’s DSM website.

The DSM is separated into six building blocks as follows:

Blocks related to digital services used by European consumers and citizens:

  1. Building block one—e-commerce and online platforms. The initiatives in this area aim to improve the ease of cross-border trade and harmonise rules on operations of online platforms, with some introducing cross-border portability of digital content and the prohibition of unjustified geo-blocking

  2. Building block two—e-government services. As e-government services are run by each Member State, the aim of these initiatives is to encourage best practice across the EU and interoperability between the different national public services, for example by setting up a single digital gateway

Blocks necessary to ensure the development of and trust in private