Published 6 February 2012
Updated 18 June 2015

 --- Posted by Jørgen Abild Andersen, Director General Telecoms, Danish Business Authority.

In these days of uncertainty, where everyone is worried about the economy and the future, constructive answers and solutions that can spark off economic growth and create new jobs in Europe are in great demand.

I see a digital way forward and out of the European crisis. I believe that creating a Digital Single Market in the EU is not only a prerequisite for sustainable growth, but holds a promising prospect for economic growth and jobs in Europe.

I am not alone in believing in the potential of a Digital Single Market. The European Heads of State have on several occasions stated that Europe must have a well-functioning Digital Single Market in place by 2015 in order to generate new economic growth. And last week in Copenhagen, a successful informal Competitiveness Council was held on the topic.We need to overcome a number of barriers to achieve our goal of a European Digital Single Market. The technological solutions and the great ideas are already here. But making them work together and implementing them across boarders is the challenge we face today.

  • How can we ensure that everyone in Europe have high speed access to quality online content everywhere, on any device at any time?
  • How can we supply the best possible framework conditions for European business’ to embrace the digital potential?
  • How can we increase trust in the digital universe both for businesses and consumers?
  • How can we tap into the enormous potential of big data, and use it to fuel the digital growth engine?
In other words, how can we create a truly Digital Single Market modelled on the single market that celebrates its 20 year Anniversary in 2012?

To answer these questions, some of the most important European stakeholders from governments, business, academia, organisations and the European Institutions will meet at a High Level Conference in Copenhagen on 27-28 February, 2012. The conference is organised by the Danish Presidency and the European Commission. We will engage all the participants in a lively discussion on the challenges and opportunities of creating a fully fledged Digital Single Market.

I look forward to hearing the views of prominent speakers such as former Prime Minister of Finland, Esko Aho, UK Minister Ed Vaizey, not to mention the co-author of the WEF Global Information Technology Report, Bruno Lanvin, and our own Minister for Business and Growth, Ole Sohn.

If you are unable to join us in Copenhagen, you will have ample opportunity to follow our efforts and voice your opinion online before, during and after the conference on twitter #dsm12, live webstream and here on the Digital Agenda blog.