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On 6 May 2015 the European Commission adopted its Digital Single Market Strategy, which sets out sixteen initiatives to create an internal market for the online sale of goods and services throughout Europe.
The Government's Explanatory Memorandum on the proposal explained that the Government welcomes this as an area in which the EU can add value in supporting growth, employment and productivity. In response, the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee wrote to the Government seeking clarification on several points of policy, including online platforms, geo-blocking, radio spectrum, digital start-ups and SMEs.
The Committee set out its initial views in a letter to the Government on 10 July 2015. The Government replied to the Committee's questions, and the Committee subsequently cleared the document from scrutiny. Further scrutiny of the Digital Single Market will concentrate on individual initiatives, as well as the Committee's inquiry into online platforms.
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