Member of European Parliament (MEP) Marietje Schaake (NL, ALDE) calls for the creation of a European Parliament Committee that is exclusively devoted to Digital Affairs and Technology. MEP Schaake elaborated: “New technologies and the internet have an increasing impact on our societies, but the European Parliament has not yet woken up to this fact. Digital issues are sometimes dealt with in one committee, sometimes in another. This fragmentation is part of the reason why we are not ahead of the curve.”
European Parliamentary committees are divided in 20 committees, each focusing on a specially designated topic. For the e-commerce sector, this has proven problematic in the past: the e-commerce sector is affected by various topics such as payments, privacy and transport. Yet all this parallel policy areas have often moved in different directions which proved to be detrimental for the industry in some cases. Ecommerce Europe fully supports MEPs Schaake’s plea for a Digital Committee as this would give a signal that the European Parliament takes the developments in the digital age seriously. It coincides with Ecommerce Europe’s plea towards policy makers for a one-stop-shop approach for e-commerce issues.
“Creating one committee responsible for all digital themes, from net neutrality to copyright and from cyber security to internet governance, should allow for a better allocation of knowledge and resources. With more focus comes more impact” Schaake added. “The division of powers between committees reflects the past, just like the EU budget with its billions in agricultural subsidies does. Our ambition to make Europe a competitive and innovative continent should be reflected in the European Parliament’s priorities. We have to commit ourselves to become global leaders in ICT and tech.”