An open, transparent and free Internet as a major driver for the economy, growth and jobs and socio-political changes in society, as declared by the G8 in Deauville.
To deliver a strategic vision for the EU Internet policy and its preferred global framework and ensure thus not only internal coherence of EU policies, but also external visibility of the Commission as a relevant player in shaping Internet policy.
The process starts within DG CONNECT where the Task Force makes the most of synergies between policy, research and regulation in areas related to Internet Policy. This includes nourishing information exchange between the various areas and globally raising awareness of broad challenges of Internet policy.
Europe lacks a coherent strategy to pull its weight internationally and fully exploit the potential of the Internet.
One of the reasons for this situation is the insufficient coherence within the Commission and in relation to other EU institutions. This results in an insufficient analysis on which elements could contribute to a beneficial development of the Internet in the EU. We can do something about this, but should continue to work also on our internal set up.
While the re-organisation of DG CONNECT created structures that foster synergies between research and policy, there is room to further leverage those synergies in areas that impact the Internet.
Within the Commission, but also the DG there is a need to increase the understanding of the functioning of the Internet in the context of the efforts made towards the achievement of the Digital Agenda for Europe and Horizon 2020 targets.
The lack of internal coherence is noticed by outside stakeholders. It is visible that there is no single EU position. This can make it difficult to give credibility to EU policies impacting on the Internet.
The formulation of an EU Internet policy would be a major improvement to the situation and hence a significant step to make our vision a reality.
Enhanced synergies in the area of Internet policy and awareness regarding the issues resulting in avoidance of contradiction and duplication of efforts
Target: No contradictory positions of DG CONNECT communicated to other institutions or through external communication starting in Q2 2013
Result in the short term:
|Target||Reference / mention by at least 1 other EU institution within 1 year after the adoption of the Communication Reference in at least 1 joint negotiating positions in international negotiations within 1 year after the adoption of the Communication (2015)|
|Target||Reference / mention by at least 25% of EU Member States(within 2 years after the adoption of the Communication)|