19 May 2010

EU - Digital Agenda: Commission outlines action plan

(Europa)
Implementing the ambitious Digital Agenda for Europe unveiled by the European Commission would contribute significantly to the EU's economic growth and spread the benefits of the digital era to all sections of society. The Agenda outlines seven priority areas for action: creating a digital Single Market, greater interoperability, boosting internet trust and security, much faster internet access, more investment in research and development, enhancing digital literacy skills and inclusion, and applying information and communications technologies to address challenges facing society like climate change and the ageing population. Examples of benefits include easier electronic payments and invoicing, rapid deployment of telemedicine and energy efficient lighting. In these seven areas, the Digital Agenda foresees some 100 follow-up actions, of which 31 would be legislative.