The new European Commission: completing the Digital Single Market


The new European Commission will make an effort towards an integrated approach in order to complete the Digital Single Market. Ecommerce Europe is pleased to see this being  a strong advocate for such an approach in order to unlock the potential of cross-border e-commerce.


Prominent position Digital Single Market
The Digital Single Market (DSM) takes a prominent place in Juncker’s plans in order to arrive at seemless crossborder purchases for European consumers. As specified in Juncker’s mission letters, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society will contribute to projects steered and coordinated by the Vice-President for the Digital Single Market and the Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. The Digital Single Market Vice-President will steer and coordinate the work of several other Commissioners such as the Commissioners for Internal Market, Justice, Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, etc.

Quasi-cabinet of vice-presidents
In the new structure of the Commission, the Digital Agenda portfolio has been replaced by a Vice-President position for the Digital Single Market (Andrus Ansip, Estonia) and a Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (Günter Oettinger, Germany). This can be deducted from the list of Commissioners that was presented by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker.
The nominations also reveal a quasi-cabinet of Vice-Presidents of the European Commission.

Consumer affairs to ‘Justice’
Juncker reformed also the structure of the some Directorates-General (DGs), trying to put functionaries working on the same issues in the same DG. Ecommerce Europe welcomes the transfer from DG MARKT to DG CONNECT of the part of unit “Online and postal Services”, dealing with e-commerce. The reformed DG CONNECT will help the Digital Economy and Society Commissioner fulfil the responsibilities of his portfolio. Regarding consumer rights, also Directorate SANCO B (Consumer Affairs) has been transferred, from DG Health and Consumers (SANCO) to DG JUST, which was already in charge of the Consumer Rights Directive.

Hearings before approval EP
In a next step, hearings of the Commissioners-designate will be held in the relevant parliamentary committees. Then, the European Parliament has to approve the entire College of Commissioners, including the President, the Vice-Presidents and the High-Representative Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Once the European Parliament has given its approval, the European Council will formally appoint the European Commission. If confirmed by the European Parliament vote in October, the European Commission will take office on 1 November 2014.