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28.01.2015 Digital Agenda for Europe

Digital Agenda for Europe

The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) aims to reboot Europe's economy and help Europe's citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies. It is the first of seven flagship initiatives under Europe 2020, the EU's strategy to deliver smart sustainable and inclusive growth. 

The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) aims to reboot Europe's economy and help Europe's citizens and businesses to get the Launched in May 2010, the original DAE contains 101 actions with 13 specific goals:

  1. the entire EU to be covered by broadband by 2013
  2. the entire EU to be covered by broadband above 30 Mbps by 2020
  3. 50% of the EU to subscribe to broadband above 100 Mbps by 2020
  4. 50% of the population to buy online by 2015
  5. 20% of the population to buy online cross-border by 2015
  6. 33% of SMEs to make online sales/purchases by 2015
  7. the difference between roaming and national tariffs to approach zero by 2015
  8. to increase regular internet usage from 60% to 75% by 2015, and from 41% to 60% among disadvantaged people
  9. to halve the proportion of the population that has never used the internet from 30% to 15% by 2015
  10. 50% of citizens to use e-government by 2015, with more than half returning completed forms
  11. all key cross-border public services, to be agreed by Member States in 2011, to be available online by 2015
  12. to double public investment in ICT R&D to € 11 bn by 2020
  13. to reduce energy use of lighting by 20% by 2020

Seven updated key areas

The review of the Digital Priorities, published in December 2012, identifies seven updated key areas for further efforts to stimulate the conditions to create growth and jobs in Europe. These are comprised of creating a stable regulatory environment, new public digital service infrastructures as well as launching Grand Coalition on digital skills and digital jobs. Further focus is set on proposing a EU cyber security strategy, updating the EU’s Copyright Framework, accelerating cloud computing through public sector buying power and launching a new electronics industrial strategy.

Progress against these targets is measured in the annually released Digital Agenda Scoreboard. The DAE's policy objectives are also supported by EU investment in ICT Research through the Horizon 2020 programme. This seeks to maintain Europe's competitive edge through increased coordination and elimination of Europe's fragmented efforts.

Digital Agenda prognosis 

Full implementation of the updated Digital Agenda would increase the European GDP by 5%, or 1500€ per person, over the next eight years, by: 

  • increasing investment in ICT 
  • improving eSkills levels in the labour force
  • enabling public sector innovation
  • reforming the framework conditions for the internet economy

In terms of jobs, up to 900,000 digital jobs risk going unfilled by 2020 without pan-European action while 1.2 million jobs could be created through infrastructure construction. This would rise to 3.8 million new jobs throughout the economy in the long term.

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/