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Increasing the Benefits from the Digital Single Market

Andrew Tarrant, Luca Di Mauro

Among other things, extending and deepening the Digital Single Market calls for the removal of differences in the rules governing the provision of electronic communications services between Member States. Despite repeated attempts at pursuing this objective by the European Commission, in particular through successive reviews of the 2002 EU regulatory framework for electronic communications, much remains to be done. This paper argues that the current fragmentation of the single market for electronic communications services to business users along national boundaries is likely to hamper GDP growth to a more significant extent than previously estimated. This is due to a disconnection between the objectives of national regulators and the needs of multi-national businesses, and could be addressed through limited pooling of regulatory powers at EU level.

Dr Andy Tarrant is Head of Policy and Government at B&CE, a UK pensions’ provider. Previously he was advisor to the UK shadow Pension and Europe Ministers between 2010 and 2015. Prior to this, he worked in the telecommunications industry including as part of the UK negotiating team on the 1998 telecommunications directives. He can be contacted at andy_tarrant@yahoo.com; Luca Di Mauro is case handler at DG Competition of the European Commission and Visiting Professor of Economics of EU Network Industries at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. Prior to this, he was Chief Economist at Sky Italia, a pay TV operator in Italy. The views expressed in this article are purely those of the writer and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission. He can be contacted at luca.dimauro@xformat.org.


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