The Digital Economy Research Programme
The EU Digital Single Market and barriers to online services
The creation of a borderless Single Market for trade in goods, services, capital and labour has been a major objective ever since the start of the EU. This objective has been extended to online markets and the achievement of a borderless Digital Single Market has become a policy priority for the current European Commission. Although distance should in principle not play a significant role in online markets, all kinds of barriers may still hamper consumer access to online services in other countries. The EU seeks to eliminate these barriers.
This area of research has several objectives:
So far, the research has produced a number of studies on the drivers and impediments to cross-border e-commerce in the EU, and on supply-side barriers and the macro-economic impact of cross-border e-commerce. Attention has now shifted to a wider range of online services and to possible regulatory barriers to online services delivery.
List of studies