Our vision is to provide a single point of access to data sets produced by public bodies at EU, national, regional or local level with the help of EU-wide open data infrastructure in order to enable the full exploitation of related market opportunities. This also implies a significant reduction of translation costs in order to allow any provider of online services or online content to make their offerings available in multiple languages with the help of a European infrastructure for language resources and thereby boost e-Commerce across Europe and beyond.
Our priority is to create the basis for pan-European portals for open data and for language resources. These portals will improve the accessibility and usability of fragmented data and language resources available at the local, regional and national level.
On the one hand, although publicly funded data is available in relatively large quantities, it can become challenging to find and combine such data at European level.On the other hand, while the EU (digital) internal market in principle allows free circulation of goods and services, this market is still hampered by significant language barriers. Language barriers affect particularly online business  but also hinder the wider deployment of pan-European public services and cultural exchanges. This leads to inefficiencies and a high number of missed business opportunities which need to be addressed.  51% of EU27 retailers sell via the Internet, but only 21% support cross-border transactions. While 30% of EU citizens have purchased online, only 7% have purchased from a retailer in another Member State. Sources: Flash Eurobarometer 224: Business attitudes towards cross-border sales and consumer protection (2008); Special Eurobarometer 298 (2008) (http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/index_en.htm )
This priority will be managed in collaboration with the Adviser responsible for the multilingual aspects of Information Society  (Roberto Cencioni)