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The Digital Agenda for Europe: building an open and global marketplace

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--- Posted by Fabio Nasarre de Letosa, DG INFSO, International desk officer, Workshop organiser at the Digital Agenda Assembly 

The Information Society has clear global dimensions. Infrastructures are interconnected and often inter-dependent. Services cross borders; data crosses borders; sharing information and aligning our approaches, with the appropriate international partners, to common challenges can bring benefits, not least in terms of the potential markets that can then result.

The success of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is by its nature dependent on worldwide developments. Its international dimension is therefore more than an additional, separate elements; it is integral to the strategy itself. The success of the DAE requires an international agenda that sets clear priorities and objectives, chooses the most appropriate tool and strategically identifies the right partners.

The European Commission has set the industrialised countries, the BRICS and the closest neighbours as the priority countries. It identifies a number of thematic priorities for each of the DAE pillars. At the Digital Agenda Assembly, the purpose of Workshop 23 is to hear your views on the challenges, priorities and tools that we should take into account in the Digital Agenda for Europe's International Strategy.

You can start sharing your views and ideas on the workshop page or on twitter using the following hashtag: #daa11global

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The open market ideology has utterly failed in the digital sphere. The EU is too weak to enforce domestic interest and these foreign companies treat us and our institutions like a colony. Our EU officials invite the snakes and the young hares to play in the same room and wonder who is more "competitive". The whole scheme of competitiveness abroad is nonsense because the main market for European companies is the single market. Look at China! I don't mean enforcement in an unfair way as China successfully does to boosts its online presence. I mean in a simple free market way, to unlock unacceptable strategic dependencies. Dependencies which also threaten our digital sovereinty. Would we finally overcome our economies digital dependency on the Microsoft stack by 2020? If so, it would happen despite the actions of the EU officials, not because of them. Our corrupted European Union gets Mr revolvin door the top job. Ten years ago we had a strong strategic dependency on Internet Explorer? When did the EU finally act to overcome the mess? Years later after the problem had been solved by open source. What does the EU do to promote open source competitors for breaking free from our dependencies? Zero! Useless institutions which side with the transatlantic digital colonists. The EU is not run by its citizens, it is the single access hub for foreign corporations. It is time to for fundamental change and to bring digital perpetrators in the European institutions to justice.
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Hi Joachim,   I totally agree with you! The main problem of the EU is that the richest countries have been given money and other help  to the poorest without checking what they were doing. Now, due to their bad debt management, they will engolf the richest EU countries into their own problems. EU should have created 2 states, one for the richest EU countries and another one for the poorest, this would have entitled each country to receive roughtly the same level of help. Right now, things are not working well at all, we are getting close from the end of the EU. We always give and give but never receive anything from the other countries. It is very scary because a man called Nick Faragel from the UKIP, said once, " If you rob people from their identity, the only thing they will have left are nationalism and violence", remember our European history.............he was so right!     Benoit
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