Fact of the Week – The quality of the digital legislation should not be compromised by the urgency to find an agreement

EU Member States have agreed to speed up the implementation and complete the Digital Single Market (DSM) legislative package by the end of 2018. Of the 24 legislative proposals that are part of the DSM, only 6 have been adopted up to this point. The heads of EU governments have underlined the need to address issues confronting the DSM more swiftly in several recent meetings, such as the Cybersecurity conference in Tallinn (14-15 September), the European Council meeting in Brussels (19-20 October), and the Telecommunications Council meeting in Luxembourg (24 October).

Before the end of 2017, there should be an agreement on the legislative proposals concerning geo-blocking, audio-visual media services, and parcel delivery services. Furthermore, by the summer of 2018, the Council aims to reach consensus on the free movement of non-personal data regulation and copyright issues. The EU government leaders reaffirmed that the full DSM legislative package should be adopted by the end of 2018.

The proposals in question should be beneficial for both the consumers and the merchants. It is vital that the legislation is future-proof and does not put the online consumer experiences or technological innovations in peril. As a result, it is crucial that adequate discussions and sufficient time are provided for the adoption of the legislative package in order to incorporate all perspectives.