Digital Single Market Group Meeting

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Date(s) - 12/03/2015
10:30 - 12:30

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The meeting report is now available from the DPA’s Digital Single Market Group meeting held on Thursday 12th March from 10.30 to 12.30 hours in Westminster, chaired by Malcolm Harbour CBE (former MEP and Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee – IMCO).  Please email [email protected] for more details.  All DPA members and observers were invited to the meeting which aimed to launch a new programme for the Group.

It is now clear that the Digital Single Market will be a political priority for the EU between now and 2019. The DPA intends to play a key role in engaging UK expertise across the digital economy to provide a strong voice in this crucial policy development.

Commissioner Andrus Ansip (Vice President for the Digital Single Market), will present his new DSM initiative in May, and Heads of Government in the European Council will ratify the plan at top level in June. In policy terms, this means progressing a wide range of cross-cutting issues with a strong emphasis on consumer rights, data protection, reforming copyright rules, establishing a single telecoms market, open spectrum and cyber-security.

The Ansip team are likely to focus heavily on consumer issues which will have popular appeal. They are also looking for new legislative and non legislative initiatives that will make a real difference. The Ansip team have made it clear that they are very happy to receive ideas from DPA members.

The Ansip team are being supported by teams in all the Commission Directorates with an interest in the Digital Single Market. DPA intends to build links with the policy leads in CNECT (Digital Agenda) and GROW (Enterprise and the Single Market)

Our plans for the DPA’s Digital Single Market Group will give participants an unique opportunity to inform the decision-making process. As well as the Commission, findings will be submitted to key MEPs, including the influential Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), now chaired by Vicky Ford MEP. The Parliament Research Service has produced a useful briefing paper. We will work with our partner organisation in Brussels, the European Internet Forum, to ensure visibility of the DPA findings.

In addition to these developments, the UK vision for the EU’s digital economy, launched by Vince Cable in a speech in Brussels recently, is creating a lot of interest in other EU capitals (see http://engage.number10.gov.uk/digital-single-market/). DPA will also engage BIS in its deliberations to support the UK position in EU ministerial negotiations.

The meeting on 12th March focused on identifying the top 10 items that DPA members would like to see included in the Ansip plan. A further meeting could then develop those ideas, with the target of completing a first submission by mid April. The Group would then convene regularly to follow through the detailed implementation of the Ansip plans and other relevant Commission and Parliament initiatives.

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