Europe's Digital Agenda


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Cristobal Guzman gives a presentation on Europe's Digital Agenda at the International Institute of Communications Telecommunications and Media Forum in Brussels April 2010. For further information see

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Europe's Digital Agenda

  2. 2. The Context / Scenario <ul><li>EU’s most serious economic downturn since many years </li></ul><ul><li>ICT’s contribution to economic growth up to 50% and 4.8 % of European GPD </li></ul><ul><li>Now is when seeds of sustainable growth must be undertaken: in the ICT sector this entails large scale investment in the restructuring of services and the renewal of infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>High speed broadband is the pillar of the Digital Economy and as such requires a high level of competition, predictability in the regulatory regime and adequate levels of investment both public and private </li></ul><ul><li>Many Europeans still at risk of being left behind or excluded from the digital society because of the lack of adequate skills </li></ul><ul><li>( </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Vicious Cycle Under investment A fragmented Digital Single Market Lack of trust/ Lack of interoperability Skills Gap
  4. 4. The road-map to Granada November December January February March April May 15: The Visby Declaration “ Creating impact for an eUnion 2015” 24: Spanish Proposal for a Digital Europe: The Granada Strategy 25: Report on a new digital Agenda for ITRE Committee, European Parliament 19: Granada Ministerial Declaration EC Communication on the European Digital Agenda 31: Council of Ministers of Telecommunications: Conclusions 2009
  5. 5. The eight building blocks of the Granada Declaration <ul><li>Infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced use of the open internet, security and trust </li></ul><ul><li>Digital user rights </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Single Market </li></ul><ul><li>Public Digital Services </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening the Competitiveness of Europe’s ICT sector </li></ul><ul><li>International Dimension of the Digital Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Measuring Progress </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The challenge: Europe needs an interconnected society </li></ul><ul><li>The flagship goal: 100% of broadband coverage to all citizens by 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>The long-term objective: All Europeans should have access to much higher internet speeds by 2020 (above 30 Mbps) and 50% of households can subscribe to internet connections above 100 Mbps </li></ul>Infrastructures
  7. 7. Advanced use of the Internet, security and trust <ul><li>The Challenge: Networks and users are still vulnerable to a wide range of threats. This hampers resilience and affects the trust of citizens (i.e only 12% of EU web users feel completely safe making transactions on the internet) </li></ul><ul><li>The flagship goal: Promote Information Security and trust through concerted EU actions on e-authentication that will promote consumer and business confidence online, especially as regards e-signatures, e-ID cards e-payments and internet safety </li></ul><ul><li>The Long term objective: Turn the digital world into a risk-free environment that fosters demand, guaranteeing data protection and promoting business confidence and trust for our citizens. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Challenge: legal protection for users of electronic communications is already high in the EU, but regulatory dispersion, technological obsolescence and the new services provided by operators require higher legal certainty </li></ul><ul><li>The Flagship goal: Approval of a Code of Digital Rights of e-Communications and online Services </li></ul><ul><li>The Long-term Objective: an EU citizenship fully aware of their rights in the digital Society </li></ul>Charter of rights of users of electronic communication services
  9. 9. Digital Single Market <ul><li>The Challenge: Reduce and the fragmentation of EU’s Single market through actions to establish a truly pan-European market place for content and web services, with an adequate legal framework which guarantees a balance between the reuse of digital content and the fair remuneration of right holders </li></ul><ul><li>The Flagship Initiative: The Digitalisation and dissemination of European cultural heritage </li></ul><ul><li>The Long term goal: A seamless, fully operational Digital Single market for consumers and producers of digital contents and services </li></ul>
  10. 10. Public Digital Services <ul><li>The Challenge: Take up of e-Government services by citizens and businesses is still insufficient. Most public online public services do not work across borders </li></ul><ul><li>The Flagship Initiative: Systematic promotion of open standards and interoperable systems, development of EU wide authentication schemes and e-procurement </li></ul><ul><li>The Long-term goal: respond to the Malmoe Declaration on e-Government by developing online public services that are user-centered, guarantee transparent Government and active participation, and the reuse of public sector information </li></ul>
  11. 11. Strengthening the Competitiveness of Europe’s ICT sector <ul><li>The Challenge: Europe invest less than its major partners in ICTs, pooling and focusing is not yet satisfactory </li></ul><ul><li>The Flagship initiative: Channeling public sector spending in areas where Europe has a lead market potential such as health, green mobility and energy efficient buildings </li></ul><ul><li>The Long-term objective: A better targeting of EU ICT and R&D spending through more pooling and joint programming of research efforts </li></ul>
  12. 12. International Dimension <ul><li>The Challenge: Strengthen the position of the EU in international fora </li></ul><ul><li>The Flagship initiative: Effective coordination in areas like Internet governance, spectrum, ICT Standards setting, digital rights and accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>The Long-term Objective: Building a more coordinated and coherent external dimension of European ICT policy </li></ul>
  13. 13. Measuring Progress <ul><li>The Challenge: Monitoring progress and adequate policy implementation as well as benchmarking against international performance </li></ul><ul><li>The flagship initiative: an annual Digital Scoreboard which seizes progress should be agreed and implemented </li></ul><ul><li>The long-term objectives: Digital Agenda should be accompanied by a complete set of indicators which are reliable, stable, updated and adaptable to technological innovations. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Granada and Beyond <ul><li>Commission Communication on a Digital Agenda for Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Ministers Conclusions of 31st May 2010 on the European Digital Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>An Ministerial Meeting on Information Society Policies and Metrics will be held in Madrid on 14 June 2010 </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Virtuous Cycle High speed infrastructures and networks Roll-out Increased Demand of services A fully fledged Digital Single Market of contents and services
  16. 16. <ul><li>THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION! </li></ul><ul><li>e-mail: </li></ul>