Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Business | Science and technology
Organiser: European Commission
The Commission will adopt a legislative package aimed at building a connected, competitive continent and enabling sustainable digital jobs and industries. The impacts will be to make life better by ensuring consumers can enjoy the digital devices and services they love; and making it easier for European businesses & entrepreneurs to create the jobs of the future. Key changes for citizens will include the end of mobile roaming premiums and a guarantee of "net neutrality."
Telecoms networks are the foundation of the wider digital economy, and the key input for Europe’s future industry, and they are in a bad state. While there is a massive growth in demand for telecoms services (especially data) revenues are down, market capitalization is suffering, net investments of some operators are sluggish, and some operators struggle with high levels of debt.
Telecoms poor performance hurts the whole digital eco-system (including Europe’s equipment manufacturers and internet entrepreneurs). It also harms industries like connected cars, smart objects, wholesale, retail and logistics, health cares which increasingly depend on connectivity. When enabled, the digital ecosystem grows fast and creates jobs; it stimulates innovation and business activity across the economy, through heightened productivity, efficiency and revenue.
The missing cornerstone in this ecosystem is a Telecoms Single Market, which would permanently increase GDP (basis: 2010) by nearly 1% if delivered. Only a telecoms single market will allow Europe's whole digital ecosystem to be more dynamic and recapture a leading global role.
More than 4 out of 10 companies are dissatisfied with the connectivity they are getting. They find services poor and speeds too low. This is a drag on their competitiveness. Consumers are also sick of unfair and unjustifiable charges, confusing information, and non-functioning devices.
The 2013 Spring European Council conclusions called for the Commission to present "concrete measures to achieve the single market in ICT as early as possible" in time for the October European Council.
The Commission will adopt a proposal which will make a reality of two key EU Treaty Principles: the freedom to provide and freedom to consume (digital) services wherever you are in the EU. The package will build one the 2009 Telecoms Framework Directive by removing bottlenecks and barriers so Europe’s 28 national telecoms markets become a single market while keeping a balance that ensures all stakeholder groups are net beneficiaries.
IP, MEMO and plain language guide will be available on the day. #ConnectedContinent
Press conference and technical briefing (date to be confirmed)