Monday, 17 October 2011

”A vibrant digital single market”

Originally the EU2020 flagship initiative A Digital Agenda for Europe was outlined in the communication Europe 2020 A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth COM(2010) 2020, then launched on 19 May 2010.

However, about three months later the first Digital Agenda communication was replaced by a corrected version in all languages. Hence the English communication comes with a warning, as do the other language versions:

Annule et remplace le document COM(2010) 245 final du 19.5.2010
Concerne toutes les versions linguistiques

A Digital Agenda for Europe; Brussels, 26.8.2010 COM(2010) 245 final/2 (41 pages)

”A vibrant digital single market”

Persistent fragmentation is stifling Europe's competitiveness in the digital economy, and the EU is falling behind in markets such as media services, both in terms of what consumers can access and in terms of business models that can create jobs in Europe.

The Digital Agenda authors understand that the single market (officially still the internal market) needs a fundamental update to bring it into the internet era, but the communication promises nothing more, nothing less than ”A vibrant digital single market” for Europe, the first action area presented (from page 7).

The explanations regarding the reasons and the planned actions to progress towards the digital single market were bunched together under these group headings:

Opening up access to content (page 7-10)
Making online and cross border transactions straightforward (page 10-11)
Building digital confidence (page 11-13)
Reinforcing the single market for telecommunications services (page 13-14)

Digital Agenda themes

Besides the digital single market, the Table of contents of A Digital Agenda for Europe offers an overview of the other themes of the communication:

1. Introduction
2. The action areas of the Digital Agenda
2.1. A vibrant digital single market
2.2. Interoperability and standards
2.3. Trust and security
2.4. Fast and ultra fast internet access
2.5. Research and innovation
2.6. Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion
2.7. ICT-enabled benefits for EU society
2.8. International aspects of the Digital Agenda
3. Implementation and governance

The Europe 2020 strategy, its Digital Agenda and the Single Market Act are of interest to the dynamic parts of European society.

Ralf Grahn