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Brussels, 16 April 2010

Telecoms: Kroes to urge support for Digital Agenda at informal meeting of EU Telecoms Ministers, 18-20 April 2010, Granada

European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes will be urging EU Telecoms Ministers at their informal Telecoms Council in Granada on 18-20 April 2010 to work together with the Commission and the European Parliament to implement an ambitious strategy to ensure that Europe's digital economy delivers maximum benefits to citizens and business and contributes to sustainable prosperity for Europe. Vice-President Kroes will welcome the Declaration on a Digital Europe due to be adopted by the Ministers, which will be taken into account by the Commission in its forthcoming Communication on a European Digital Agenda. The European Digital Agenda is one of the pillars of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (see IP/10/225).

Vice-President Kroes will outline to Ministers that the objective of the European Digital Agenda will be to maximise the potential of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to drive of job creation, sustainability and social inclusion, and so contribute to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. The key to achieving this objective, she will underline, is to create the right conditions for ICTs and the internet ecosystem to flourish by removing a series of obstacles, namely:

  • lack of investment in very high speed internet networks

  • lack of digital Single Market

  • lack of ICT skills

  • fragmented responses to society's challenges such as rising health costs, aging population and climate change)

  • rising cybercrime and low trust in the internet

  • insufficient research and innovation

  • lack of interoperable devices and systems.

As regards examples of areas where the Digital Agenda Communication will underline the need for action, Ms Kroes will mention:

  • reducing the costs and increasing the incentives for investment in very high speed internet networks

  • making Europe's online Single Market a reality

  • enhanced cooperation to build people's trust in using the internet by tackling cybercrime.

European Commission's Europe 2020 strategy:

Spanish Presidency website on the informal meeting of EU Telecoms and Information Society Ministers:

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