Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

How to actually deliver the benefits of a digital society

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--- Posted by David Ringrose, DG INFSO, Head of unit: Information & Communication

The Digital Agenda for Europe is the European Union's road map for bringing the benefits of a digital society and economy to Europe's citizens. But it can only deliver if all stakeholders are involved in assessing problems and identifying solutions.

That's why the Commission is holding its first Digital Agenda Assembly in June. 

We hope to see a broad range of participants from industry, the research community and NGOs, as well as representatives from Member State governments, and the other EU institutions so we can together assess progress in meeting the targets of the Digital Agenda.

Pre-registration should open soon here.

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Will you post the registration page here?  Is there a registration fee?
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I sincerely hope it would serve the interests of European citizens, who witnessed a do-nothing policy of the EU in open standards, open source and operating system unbundling. Brussels feels to me like governed by foreign ICT fortune 500 companies where citizens get paid lip service, are depicted as customers, as "consumers" instead of being citizens, the European peoples which define the rules for their markets.  The Commission voluntarily turns us into an eColony of foreign ICT companies. And official who seriously thinks "we can together assess progress in meeting the targets of the Digital Agenda" fails his public duties. It is not upon stakeholders to set the course but the people. In fact the public interest, for instance in interoperability, is usually opposed to the interest of the old bulls which can affords to take part in stakeholder consultations while European SMEs have to work and serve their clients. In particular foreign ICT companies, companies which don't pay taxes in Europe for their sales, should have no say at all. I don't lobby in Washington, they should not lobby in Brussels. They the are the natural opponents of a strong role of European ICT. If the Commission sells out to them that compromises the emergence of a Europe governed by the own citizens.