Contribution of ESI Funds to the Commission's priorities: The Digital Single Market
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Information and communications technology (ICT) is the most important driver of innovation and growth globally. It encourages the spread of innovation, sustainability and economic competitiveness, as well as social inclusion.
In Europe, the digital economy is the fastest growing sector and its huge potential has only been partially exploited. The Digital Single Market (DSM) ensures the free movement of goods, people, services and capital, allowing individuals and businesses to seamlessly access and exercise online activities. This freedom is made possible under conditions of fair competition and a high level of consumer and personal data protection, irrespective of nationality or place of residence. This is why ICT investments are part of the European Structural and Investments Funds’ (ESI Funds) key investment areas to enhance growth in the regions.
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