Do existing trade bariers and the fragmentation of the Digital Single Market hinder digital trade's potential?
Digital trade policies are taking center stage in the digital economy. More than a million EU businesses trade online to reach their customers. With proper regulation, the digital economy presents the potential to stimulate entrepreneurship, trade, growth and innovation although trade barriers and the fragmentation of the single market hinder maximising the potential. For instance, the online platforms’ dominant position as ‘gatekeepers’ to the consumers implies that they hold leverage to engage in a number of harmful trading practices. These issues need to be addressed to ensure fairness and trust to guarantee their continued use. What should the objectives of the incoming European Commission focus on? How to best achieve a platform-friendly Single Market?