In late 2014, when we began drawing up a plan for the Digital Single Market (DSM) I called it a long-term strategy to stimulate Europe’s digital environment, minimise legal uncertainty and create fair conditions for everyone.
It was hardly a healthy environment for digital entrepreneurs or any modern business, large or small, and especially for those keen to expand into other EU countries, with smaller operations like startups particularly affected.
This situation was hurting everyone in Europe, socially and economically. There were too many barriers preventing people from making the most of digital opportunities and innovation, holding Europe back competitively.
We wanted to create an open and fair market where people and businesses could operate online - anywhere in Europe, as easily as they did offline at home - updating the EU’s traditional single market to the online environment and digital age.
Almost all have passed through the complex EU decision-making process and become law, or will soon do so. This has been a huge success: the DSM is becoming a reality, and not just on paper - people already feel the difference on the ground.
Over the next few weeks, I would like to explain on #Ansipblogs what we have done over the last few years to build a DSM in Europe that really makes a difference to companies and people, in their daily operations and in their daily lives.
Not just words - but facts too. To show how far we have come in our project to make sure that everyone in the EU can make the most of digital opportunity.