Intereconomics 2017 | 4
The European Digital Single Market
In 2015 the European Commission adopted the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, aiming
to establish common European data protection rules, reform telecoms rules and modernise
copyright rules, among other goals. The authors in this Forum review the progress made
thus far and explore the opportunities for further improvements to the EU’s digital regulatory
framework. How can the DSM ensure data privacy and online consumer protection? What
degree of harmonisation of rules in the 28 member states is necessary? Can small businesses
take advantage of the potential beneﬁ ts of big data, or are these beneﬁ ts limited to large
companies that can afford to invest in the proper analysis of the data? What lessons can the
EU draw from experiences in other parts of the world? Perhaps most importantly, how can the
DSM be optimised to support European innovation and economic growth?
Will the DSM Strategy Spur Innovation?
Andrea Renda, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Belgium; and College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.
Economic Implications of Further Harmonisation of Electronic Communications Regulation
in the EU
J. Scott Marcus, Bruegel, Brussels, Belgium.
Christian Wernick, WIK-Consult-GmbH, Bad Honnef, Germany.
GDPR: A Step Towards a User-centric Internet?
Maciej Sobolewski, University of Warsaw, Poland; and European Commission, Seville, Spain.
Joanna Mazur, University of Warsaw, Poland.
Michał Paliński, University of Warsaw, Poland.
Detours on the Path to a European Big Data Economy
Barbara Engels, Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Germany.
Regulatory Federalism and Broadband Divergence: Implications of Invoking Europe in the
Making of Canadian Telecom Policy
Reza Rajabiun, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
Catherine Middleton, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
A European Agenda for Smart Consumer Protection Rules for Digital Services
Alexandre de Streel, University of Namur, Belgium; and CERRE, Brussels, Belgium.