Free movement in the online environment

Digital technologies are developing in a fast pace, which makes it easier to obtain goods and services across the border. However, citizens, undertakings and governments are still experiencing barriers that withhold them from reaping the full benefits of these developments. It is a Commission priority to remove these obstacles and create a digital internal market.

The goal of creating a digital internal market is ensuring the free movement of goods, services, persons, capital and data in the online environment. Access to online activities and services must be guaranteed under fair competition. The European Commission also emphasizes the importance of protection of consumers and their personal data.

Digital Market Strategy

The creation of the digital internal market has been laid down in the Commission’s Digital Market Strategy, which was published in 2015. The directorate-general Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) is responsible for implementing the strategy. Europa decentraal informs local and regional governments of European law and policy that is of particular relevance to them, such as the GDPR, ePrivacy, reuse of public sector information, eIDAS, Single Digital Gateway, cybersecurity and the free flow of non-personal data.