Digital agenda for Europe
Rebooting Europe’s economy
The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy, but this potential is currently held back by a patchy pan-European policy framework. Europe is lagging behind many other regions when it comes to the fast, reliable and connected digital networks which underpin economies and every part of our business and private lives. When communicating between countries in Europe, citizens currently face varying charges for use, incompatible systems and irregular connectivity across the continent. This is harmful for every citizen, business and innovator in Europe. Launched... in May 2010, the digital agenda for Europe is aimed at boosting Europe’s economy by delivering sustainable economic and social benefits from a digital single market. Even though 250 million Europeans use the Internet daily there are still millions of them that have never used the Internet at all! People living with disabilities face particular difficulties in enjoying the benefits of new electronic content and services. As ever more daily tasks are carried out online, everyone needs enhanced digital skills to participate fully in society. The digital economy also presents opportunities — if citizens are ready to take them. The number of jobs that require information and communications technology (ICT) skills is expected to rise by 16 million by 2020. And 90 % of jobs will require basic information technology skills by 2015. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Communication (European Commission) Themes: Activities of the European Union, Information technology and telecommunications, Information policy
- Subject: digital divide, digital literacy, digital technology, economic growth, European Union, impact of information technology, information policy, information society, information technology, information technology applications, information technology industry, information technology user, Internet, public awareness campaign, single market, telecommunications policy, web surfer
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