Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and
Launch of the ICT Task
First Meeting of the ICT Task Force
Brussels, 7th June
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to a Task-Force that:
- represents every facet of the ICT manufacturing and services sectors;
- brings together industry with other stakeholders in the sector: trades
unions, SMEs, chambers of commerce, consumers, investors and
The context of the Task-Force: our new industrial
- The Task-force is one of the sector-specific initiatives foreseen in the
Commission’s Communication on industrial policy in October 2005.
- Industrial policy should not ...
- ... disturb well-functioning markets.
- ... pick winners.
- ... be protectionist.
- ... take over industry's role.
- The Commission’s new industrial policy is about improving framework
conditions across industrial sectors in different policy areas: e.g. research
and innovation, trade, environment, public procurement, education and training
- Targeted sectoral actions complement our framework policy approach, working
with the markets and stakeholders via high-level groups and task-forces, such as
this ICT Task-Force.
The ICT Task-Force
- Your aim is to help us ensure that public policy provides a supportive
environment for fostering the competitiveness of the ICT sector and the uptake
of ICT in Europe.
- We expect the mebers of the task force, via the working groups, to:
- inventory obstacles to the competitiveness of the sector and to the uptake
- identify the most important obstacles;
- recommend possible policy responses.
- We are particularly interested in recommendations that aim to strengthen
links and synergies between policies addressing:
- Better Regulation
- education and training
- for firms large and small — the business environment.
Commission is very interested to hear your views on where the Commission should
be concentrating its efforts towards enhancing the competitiveness of the ICT