Laws for the European Digital Single Market

The European Commission expects Member States to implement swiftly and coherently the key Directives supporting the digital single market, including the Services Directive*, Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and the Telecoms Framework and to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

What is the problem?

The European digital single market is fragmented.

Europe's telecoms and audio visual markets are partitioned by Member State. To remedy the situation, the Member States need to fully implement key EU Directives on the creation of the digital single market. National legislation also needs to be coordinated to make sure that audiovisual content can circulate freely. This is the aim of the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive.

Why is EU action needed?

Building the legal framework for a digital single market

It is important that the key Directives are implemented timely and consistently in order reinforce the digital single market. The Commission will monitor the implementation process in Member States and has provided guidance on some of the key implementation issues.

What will the Commission do?

The Commission has taken the necessary steps to set-up an autonomous Office of the Body of European Regulators (BEREC), so that BEREC is able to operate efficiently and facilite cooperation between national regulatory authorities and the Commission in promoting the digital single market. The BEREC Office became autonomous in September 2011.

Monitor the transposition of telecoms legislation, given that national measures were due by 25May 2011. The Commission has started to address any transposition problems swiftly and, at first stage, has taken action in those cases where transposition has not taken place by the due date. Assess the status and effect of implementation in the Digital Agenda Scoreboard, for example such an assessment was included in the first Digital Agenda Scoreboard published in May 2011.

Report on application of the AVMS at national level in a Communication. Give guidance to Member States through the Contact Committee and the Group of the EU Audiovisual Media Services Regulatory Authorities.

* The UK implemented the Directive by The Provision of Services Regulations 2009