The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy.
The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) aims to help Europe's citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies. It is the first of seven flagships initiatives under Europe 2020, the EU's strategy to deliver smart sustainable and inclusive growth. Launched in May 2010, the DAE contains 101 actions, grouped around seven priority areas.
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.The review of the Digital Priorities, published on 18th December 2012, identifies 7 key areas for further efforts to stimulate the conditions to create growth and jobs in Europe:
1. Create a new and stable broadband regulatory environment.
2. New public digital service infrastructures through Connecting Europe Facility loans
3. Launch Grand Coalition on Digital Skills and Jobs
4. Propose EU cyber-security strategy and Directive
5. Update EU's Copyright Framework
6. Accelerate cloud computing through public sector buying power
7. Launch new electronics industrial strategy – an "Airbus of Chips"
The 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, and 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.
The original Digital Agenda approach and targets will remain valid, and the implementation of the original 101 actions remains a priority. The new key transformative actions complement these, and build on what has been achieved so far.
The Digital Agenda contains 13 specific goals which encapsulate the digital transformation which we want to achieve. Progress against these targets is measured in the annual Digital Agenda Scoreboard.
Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger is responsible for the Digital Economy and Society.