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Parliamentary questions
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6 February 2019
E-005601/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005601/2018

The digital transformation will continue with increasing speed. Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence(1) or blockchain(2) will develop further and have the potential to significantly impact economy and society. This will undoubtedly bring opportunities, but also potential challenges that will require an answer from the European Union.

The completion of the EU Digital Single Market (DSM) requires a clear and stable legal environment to stimulate innovation, tackle market fragmentation, and allow all market players to tap into the new market dynamics under fair and balanced conditions.

Following the adoption of the DSM Strategy(3), a number of gaps and discriminations have been addressed. Citizens can now access their subscription content, use the Internet on their mobile devices without roaming charges(4), unjustified geo-blocking will no longer hamper cross-border online sales from the end of 2018, and the European Electronic Communications Code(5) will stimulate investment in broadband, particularly in rural areas.

However, the Commission is not complacent and there is more to be done. The Commission welcomes the European Parliament's support in creating a more harmonised, and better regulated, digital economy. To this end, the Commission encourages the co-legislators to conclude negotiations on ongoing files.

(1)COM(2018) 237 final.
(2)https://www.eublockchainforum.eu/about
(3)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A52015DC0192
(4)C(2016) 8784 final.
(5)P8_TA-PROV(2018)0453.

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