In autumn 2010 the European Commission carried out the so-called Going Local exercise where visits were arranged in all member states to raise awareness of the Digital Agenda for Europe, which was published in May 2010.
Following the positive feedback we decided to carry out another round of visits, this time with a greater focus on the local aspects, with the aim of obtaining feedback on the first year of the Digital Agenda for Europe and suggestions for new initiatives.
The objectives of the visits were to:
The meetings gave participants the opportunity to have a say in the development of the European ICT strategy as well as to learn about European targets and concrete initiatives in the areas of broadband and Green ICT.
The European Commission attended the Broadband Day of Niedersachsen to discuss challenges local communities face in rolling out broadband and possible successful solutions to address these challenges.
In cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the European Commission met key stakeholders in Berlin to explore prospective strategies for financing the deployment of next generation broadband networks and for exploiting the potential of Green ICT solutions.
Commission Country team leader: Detlef ECKERT (European Commission, DG Information Society and Media - Dir C, Belgium)
Commission contact: Maresa MEISSL (European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, Belgium), Lukas PAUL (INFSO C1, Belgium)
Digital Agenda High Level Group member: Andreas SCHUSEIL (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany)
Commission participants: Maresa MEISSL (European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, Belgium), Lukas PAUL (INFSO C1, Belgium), Colette MALONEY (European Commission, DG INFSO, Belgium)