Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Digital Agenda for Europe 2010─2020

In the context of the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and growth, the European Commission has published the Digital Agenda. Instead of a five year plan as earlier, the new version of the Digital Agenda now encompasses the whole decade 2010─2020.

The overall aim of the Digital Agenda is to deliver sustainable economic and social benefits from a digital single market based on fast and ultra fast internet and interoperable applications.

The Communication from the European Commission: A Digital Agenda for Europe; Brussels, 19.5.2010 COM(2010)245 final (42 pages)

The Digital Agenda is available in Spanish, German, English, French, Italian, Polish and Portuguese.

For an overview, in 22 languages, you can see the Commission’s press release: Digital Agenda: Commission outlines action plan to boost Europe's prosperity and well-being (Brussels, 19 May 2010; IP/10/581).

More material is found on the web pages of D-G Information Society, including a detailed ten page summary: Digital Agenda for Europe: key initiatives (Brussels, 19 May 2010; MEMO/10/200).

On the same page, there is also a link to an explanatory memorandum laying out the benefits for EU citizens: Digital Agenda for Europe: what would it do for me? (Brussels, 19 May 2010; MEMO/10/199; 7 pages).

There is a link to Europe’s Digital Competitiveness Report:

Vol. I; Brussels 17.5.2010 SEC(2010) 627 (127 pages)

Vol. II ICT Country profiles; Brussels 17.5.2010 SEC(2010) 627 (68 pages)

Seven priority areas

The Digital Agenda outlines seven priority areas for action:

- creating a Digital Single Market

- improving the framework conditions for interoperability between ICT products and services

- boosting internet trust and security

- guaranteeing the provision of much faster internet access

- encouraging investment in research and development

- enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion

- applying ICT to address social challenges such as climate change, rising healthcare costs and the ageing population.

Commissioner Neelie Kroes and the Commission have presented their views on the European information society for the next decade. The Communication offers a starting point for both action and discussion in this area crucial for our future.

Ralf Grahn