Thursday, 24 December 2009

EU 2020 strategy and future Digital Agenda under work

For the time after the i2010 information society strategy, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the strategy for the coming five years. The consultation on the 2010-2015 strategy ran from 4 August to 9 October 2009, and the Commission received 834 responses.

The reference documents are available, but the publication of the summary of the outcome still lies in the future.

On the other hand, many of the same themes are found in the more general Consultation on the future “EU 2020” strategy (Brussels, 24.11.2009, COM(2009) 647 final; 13 pages), planned to take over from the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs. Here the consultation period runs until 15 January 2010.

The main themes are presented more briefly in the Commission’s press release (24 November 2009; IP/09/1807): a smarter, greener social market.

With the Telecoms Package signed and sealed, it was time for the European Union to look towards the future of electronic communications in Europe. (I would reserve the expression “delivered” for when the Directives have been transposed into national law, hopefully during the spring of 2011.)

In a coming post, we turn to recent information society policy developments during the Swedish presidency of the Council of the European Union, and by the Commission.

Ralf Grahn

P.S. Find the growing EU blogosphere Margot Wallström wrote about, conveniently aggregated by multilingual