Jan Softa @ Somerco Date : 2014-05-29
Enhance the EU member states competitiveness
Part 16 – Expansion options
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Jan Softa @ Somerco Date : 2014-05-29
It is a fairly costly investments. Europe cannot take the entire financial burden so...
Jan Softa @ Somerco Date : 2014-05-29
The virtual infrastructure is an important battlefield where EU need to be in the fo...
Jan Softa @ Somerco Date : 2014-05-29
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Different expansion options can be used in order to embrace countries that lay beyond EU borders. The use of infrastructure is a strategy that I advocate. The focus is on ICT infrastructure and virtual infrastructure. The ICT infrastructure can make countries become more interconnected and the virtual infrastructure could help EU prosper by offering other countries services that makes these more included into the EU-zone. Especially, trade and social exchange benefit by these infrastructures. It would be beneficial if there was a working group in EU that discuss how infrastructure can be used as a way to embrace other countries into the EU sphere.

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  1. 1. Jan Softa @ Somerco Date : 2014-05-29 Enhance the EU member states competitiveness Part 16 – Expansion options Abstract Different expansion options can be used in order to embrace countries that lay beyond EU borders. The use of infrastructure is a strategy that I advocate. The focus is on ICT infrastructure and virtual infrastructure. The ICT infrastructure can make countries become more interconnected and the virtual infrastructure could help EU prosper by offering other countries services that makes these more included into the EU-zone. Especially, trade and social exchange benefit by these infrastructures. It would be beneficial if there was a working group in EU that discuss how infrastructure can be used as a way to embrace other countries into the EU sphere. Background Helping geniuses! Our slogan sums up whom Somerco aims to help. Somerco are a company that target to help researchers and innovators so that these geniuses can create prosperity and jobs in society. In this paper, I will discuss how different expansion options can be used in order to embrace countries that lay beyond EU borders. I focus the discussion on how ICT infrastructure can make countries become more interconnected and how the virtual infrastructure could help EU prosper by offering other countries to services that include them into the EU-zone. Introduction It has proven for many countries there are many benefits with being a member in EU. It has created economic, political and social stability. Companies have more easily been able to enter new markets. All these are reasons for countries to apply for EU membership. However, it is not the only options for our neighbouring countries and for those far away to be embraced into the EU-zone. Interconnectivity and integration is an efficient way to embrace countries into the EU family. For instance, EU has decided to build a truly European network of roads and train connections that is expected to help business and inhabitants in EU. Other EU instruments that helps us integrate with those outside EU is large funding programs and acceptance of our monetary union. In the Digital Agenda you find information about the necessity of building information highways throughout Europe that aims to help Europe become a highly interconnected information society. I focus the discussion on how communication technology and its infrastructure can be used as a mean for EU to expand into new territories. A statement: Infrastructure is a strategy that could be used by Europe to embrace other countries into EU in order to ease trade and social exchange. Definitions ICT infrastructure is an information highway that often constitute of fibre optic cables for the core network of Internet, for mobile traffic 4G and 5G networks is built in order to speed up the traffic for information technology. The virtual infrastructure constitutes of computer programming languages and cloud services. It enables us carry out a lot of task in society as communicating by email, social media, but also uploading, downloading and streaming of movies, online editing of texts and pictures. ICT infrastructure For Europe’s future it would be beneficial with three - four information highways that stretch beyond our borders and increase our connections with these countries. It is an option that should be examined in order to expand into new countries and make them and us more prosperous. These information highways could go from Spain into Morocco and continue further, from Greece into Turkey and onwards, from our Eastern borders in Poland or Romania and eastwards and from Finland into Russia.
  2. 2. Jan Softa @ Somerco Date : 2014-05-29 It is a fairly costly investments. Europe cannot take the entire financial burden so it is important to find those countries interested in connecting to Europe. Therefore, it would be ideal to find the key states outside Europe on the destinations for the information highways. These can contribute with funding and workers. The first information highway stretches from Spain into Morocco and onwards. How much distance of the information highways that should be funded by EU is a decision that should be discussed among its member states and the Commission and the Parliament. However, I do not believe this should be considered as the limits of how far these information highways can stretch. A scenario could be that Nigeria whom has a large national economy wants to contribute and build an information highway from their direction and connect together. For the information highway that stretch from Greece into Turkey and beyond it has to be examined where there is an interest among the other countries to contribute to an extension of an information highway. Is the interest in Israel large or are the countries in Central Asia interested? Are other important countries in the region also interested in contributing and build ICT infrastructure from their direction. For the information highway that stretches into Ukraine and perhaps all the way through into Russia is an expansion that enable its companies to trade more easily and have more of social exchange between societies. When it concern the northern information highway there is already a planned information highway from continental Europe until Helsinki in Finland. The costs for extending this into St Petersburg in Russia will benefit trade and is probably also the least expensive expansion. It is important for the future of EU to discuss different expansion options by building infrastructure beyond its borders. Issues to consider: (a) are there interests among neighbouring countries, (b) how far should EU contribute with building these information highways, (c) who can contribute with what as funding, workers and so on. With an evaluation it is easier to find out what information highways that can be built before others. EU commissioners Antonio Tajani and Neelie Kroes could start with a working group that discuss the possibilities that comes with these information highways and what obstacles that needs to be addressed. Such a working group should constitute of a few members from EU officials, industry leaders and national trade organizations in order to keep it manageable. Virtual infrastructure EU has produced policy papers that discuss the need for companies that offer cloud solutions. Cloud solutions are part of the virtual infrastructure. But so far, there is not a common strategy in EU for how virtual infrastructure can be used as a tool to embrace countries outside EU. The Digital Agenda has its targets for the development of information society, but these are focused inwards. These are important steps to achieve. Already, it is time to discuss the next targets for a Digital Agenda in EU. This time a strategy for achieving both new targets inwards EU and abroad needs to be mapped out. I focus on contributing by discussing the targets for abroad. (A) How should virtual infrastructure with its technology offers be used to embrace other countries into the EU sphere? (B) Can it be measured if EU are successful when it concern controlling or have access to its own virtual infrastructure? It is important to measure the share of customers outside EU for the companies active in this sector and that stem from EU. (C) Should this be carried out by measuring market share or by its financial growth?
  3. 3. Jan Softa @ Somerco Date : 2014-05-29 The virtual infrastructure is an important battlefield where EU need to be in the forefront in order to remain or gain welfare for its inhabitants. The main reason is because it is the fastest growing infrastructure on the planet. And yet we have only seen the beginning of this development. To be in the forefront means Europe needs to have a strong presence and many successful companies in this sphere. It is here a bridge between the digital and the physical world cross-over and enables more trade and social exchange. For EU to have companies who are able to offer this bridge makes EU attractive. The virtual infrastructure is ideal for EU to use as an expansion option since its interconnectivity is very rapid. Currently, in some areas Europe is not forerunners. Europe has companies who come from the mobile world that has great potential but Europe is less well off when it concerns those who come from a software background. Changes are therefore necessary. More companies in software and mobile needs to cooperate with others in science and business. Even so, there is no need for EU to wait for this development to establish itself before lifting up this option for expansion onto the agenda of EU. Here the European Commission’s Enterprise & Industry and the parliaments ITRE committee and representatives from this industry sector need to establish its current status, common interests between companies and EU, how progress can be made at these companies, what type of products and services EU companies can offer in order to be able to embrace more countries into EU. Final comments I want to start with the statement made in the introduction: To use infrastructure is a strategy that could be used by EU to embrace other countries into EU in order to ease trade and social exchange. It is clear that these infrastructures are not used in order to embrace other countries into the EU zone. I believe it is an option that should be considered as effective. In history it has proven that integration and interconnectivity between countries are keys for societies to create stability and prosperity. The Coal and Steel union which is the foundation of today’s EU is such an example. ICT infrastructure and virtual infrastructure is a contemporary method that could be used. A huge advantage these infrastructures have is it becomes easier to trade and social exchange becomes smoother.
  4. 4. Jan Softa @ Somerco Date : 2014-05-29 Draft proposals Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 1 - Designated tax to science Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 2 – Strategy to support the software industry Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 3 – Actions to support women in ICT Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 4 – Going abroad–Competitive assets Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 5 – Business incubators, financial recycling and incentives into reward Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 6 – Standardization as a tool to increase competitiveness Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 7 – Different types of innovations Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 8 – Open source from science to society Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 9 – Crowd sourcing and crowd funding Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 10 – Green VAT for business Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 11 - Keep talents in Europe Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 12 - Research leftovers Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 13 - Science Parks-Specializations Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 14 - Patent trolls Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 15 – Science e- Parks Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 16 – Expansion options Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 17 – The locally developed infrastructure Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 18 – Treaty (Knowledge transfer) Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 19 – Different types of infrastructure Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 20 – Build infrastructure Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 21 – Your small energy infrastructure (elsewhere) (In progress) Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Part 22 – Quick market entry (Medical) Enhance the competitiveness of EU member states Overview – Old and new key areas in order to increase the competitiveness of the industry (In progress)

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