Benefits of specific dsm strategy initiatives

AuthorPetropoulos, Georgios; Marcus, J. Scott; Yeung, Timothy
Contributio n to Growth : European Digital Single Market: Deliverin g economic benefi ts to citizens and busin esses
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In this chapter, we evaluate the various legislative measures that have been proposed or enacted
pursuant to the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, including measures related to consumer
prote ction.
We begin by reviewing the taxonomy of legislative measures developed in a companion study to this
one that addresses l egal, as distinct from economic, aspects of DSM legislation (Section 4.1). This
enables us to group the measures into seven broad categories. In addition, we consider a few pre-
2014 electronic communications measures for which estimates of societal benefits are readily
availab le.
We then fo llow in Se ction 4.2 wi th an expl anation, category b y category and le gislative measure by
legislative measure, of the benefits that can be assumed to be associated with each measure. We
conclude in Sect ion 4.3 with a tabular summary of these results, together with a simple summ ation of
estimated benefits. As already explained in Chapter 1, this simple summation greatly overest imat es
the probable real benefits. In Chapter 4.4, we use broader measures to detect and to partially corre ct
for estimation errors in the simple summation.
4.1. A taxonomy of DSM measures
We follow a taxonomy of l egisl ative measures de rived from that used i n the compani on study by
de Streel and Hocepied (2019). The shadings (green or yellow) in Table 5 denote whether the
measure in question is either enacted or has been substantially agreed (green), versus whet her it is
still being negotiated (yellow).
The groupi ngs of me asure s taken a re ca rrie d forward i nto the ec onomi c analy sis i n Sect ion 4.2.
We identify some 176.6 billion in annual gains (in current euro) resulting fr om le gis la tiv e
measures enacted (or expected to be enacted) in the current legislative term once t he
measures are fully effective, corresponding to 1.2% of current (2017) GDP. This estimate is
based on Commissi on Impact Assessments and other publicl y available sources.
The largest gains achi eve d flow fro m (1 ) e le ctroni c comm unications ne tworks and serv ice s, ba s e d
mainly on the EECC and secondar ily on incre ased roaming due to RLAH, (2) data and AI, based
mai nly on the Di rec tive on the r e-use of publ ic se ctor i nformation, and sec ondarily on free fl ow of
non/pe rsonal data and on GDPR; (3) e-comme rce, content and online p latform s, bas ed on the
Geo-Blocki ng Regul ation, the VAT m oderni sation p rogram me, and the Regul ation on Cr oss-Border
Parcel Delivery; and (4) e-Gove rnment, p rovide d that the Single Digital Gateway is i mp lement ed
wel l and wi del y use d.
The large be nefits attributed to the EECC reflect various spil l-overs into the overall digi t i sa t ion o f
European society enabled by measures that promote the deployment of fibre-based fi xed
broadb and an d of 5 G mo bi le s erv ices.
We have also identified an additional € 87.9 billion in annual gains that might be realised by filling
in gaps in the DSM Strategy as presently enacted. These are addressed in Chapter 5.
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Table 5. Digital Single Market (DSM): Legal instruments adopted or proposed during the 8th Legislature (2014-2019).
Content and
online pla tforms
Intellect ual
Data and AI24
Trust and security
commun ications
networks and
Regulation on
cross-b order
portability of online
content services
Directi ve Trad e
Se cret (2016)
Regulation General
Data Protection
Reg . e IDA S ( 2014)
Regulation on
Coo pe rati on (2017)
establishing a
Single Digital
Gate way (2018)
Regulation Open
Internet / roaming
/ TS M (2015)
unjustifie d geo-
bl ocki ng (2018)
Regulation and
Directi ve p ermi tted
uses i n copyright
for pri nt-disabled
pe rson s ( 2017)
Regulation on Free
flow of non-
person al data
Directi ve o n
Netw ork
Se curi ty (2016)
Directi ve o n
contracts for the
supply of digital
content - P2015
Directi ve o n the re -
use of public sector
(re cas t) P 2018
Decision on use of
790 MHz
frequency band
Council Regulatio n
and Directi ve VA T
for e -Commerce
Council Directive
on VAT for
e-publi cations
Council Regulation
establishing the
European High-
Perf ormance
Computing Joint
Unde rta ki ng ( 2018)
Regulation on the
EU Cyberse curity
Act P2017
Directi ve o n
ntracts for sales
of goods - P2015,
Regulation on
wholesale roaming
24 Also, Re gulation on protection of personal data by the Union institutions and bodies P2017 .

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