The Architect of Europe’s Digital Single Market Leaves Important Questions Unanswered on U.S. Visit

Nigel Cory October 2, 2015
October 2, 2015

At a time of considerable uncertainty about the future of transatlantic digital commerce, one Europe’s top officials for such issues, Gϋnther Oettinger, visited the United States last week and did little to dispel concerns that the EU’s Digital Single Market (DSM) may raise new barriers for U.S. companies, writes Nigel Cory in Innovation Files. Of particular concern for many in the United States is vague language in the DSM that appears to be designed for protectionist purposes. Unfortunately, Mr. Oettinger did not provide clarity about the nettlesome particulars of the DSM, including on the EU investigation into online platforms, data protection and privacy, cloud services, and geo-blocking. Looking ahead, U.S. businesses and policymakers can only hope that European officials will further clarify questions about the DSM and not give in to more nationalistic and protectionist sentiments within Europe.