Why a new DG CONNECT?
As you know, DG CONNECT is implementing – in close collaboration with our partner DGs - the Digital Single Market (DSM) policy priority set by the European Commission. Last week the European Council recognised the ambition in the DSM policy agenda with important legislative and policy initiatives, and new ambitions, to digitise the economy through the development and adoption of new digital technologies.
The first major milestones, notably the adoption of the first copyright package last December, the Digitising European Industry package in April, and the e-commerce and content packages in May give a flavour of this policy agenda. Throughout the process, we have sought a broad interaction with stakeholders and will continue to do so. You can keep track of all our consultations here. I encourage you to continue to share your views.
The design approach for DG CONNECT 2.0 was to make it fit for the DSM. We need to focus DG CONNECT's organisation in the field of online services, copyright, and media. Emerging new technology priorities such as digitising industry, the data-driven economy and connected & automated driving have also become more prominent in the new structure.
The new-look CONNECT fully reflects the Commission's commitment to do more with less. We also plan to reinforce our presence in Luxembourg from 2018. This will mean the progressive transfer of our activities related to e-infrastructures, high-performance computing, e-government, and e-health to Luxembourg.
What does the new organisation chart look like? What are the main changes?
First of all, it is structured to respond to the main challenges of realising the digital single market.
Secondly, it is more stakeholder-oriented. I hope you can now identify even more easily who you can contact and discuss with in the DG..
Thirdly, we have found the right cultural mix of policy and innovation to avoid looking at the future from a rear-view mirror.
A closer look at the new DG CONNECT organisation chart shows how we see challenges ahead, and how we will respond.
- A full Directorate is dedicated to the digitisation of industry, one of the major issues for the future of the European economy In our strategy adopted in April, we underlined the importance of working together with the major national initiatives such as industry 4.0, industrie du futur, smart industry and others. Working in partnership with Member States, industry, and regions on robotics, microelectronics and lasers, artificial intelligence and smart manufacturing (3D printing) is at the core of our mission.
- We will continue innovating in our policies to deliver high-quality and affordable access to broadband infrastructures and services all over the EU.
- An integral part of the mission of DG CONNECT is to make sure that Europe can be one of the world's leaders in high-performance computing. Advancements in supercomputers can improve significantly our lives through new breakthroughs in medical science, more secure societies and a cleaner environment. We will also look at the significant breakthroughs in science on new materials such as graphene.
- You will find a Directorate that looks at the future of the Internet. First of all we need to make sure that Europe will be in the forefront of delivering the next generation of mobile systems - 5G. Then a full area is dedicated to Internet of Things, as well as cloud. We also continue to engage with the Internet Governance multi-stakeholder community. Moreover, we will work with all interested parties to define the scenarios for the Internet of the Future.
- We cannot have a well-functioning digital single market without looking at applications and services. We will continue to work towards more efficient and more caring health systems by using digital technologies. We will suggest the digital transformation of government services and partner with Member States and citizens to implement the e-government action plan. We will engage with all stakeholders to define the line of actions for connected and automated mobility and smart communities. Since, the digital ecosystem will not function without security, we will invest a lot of our resources in cybersecurity policy and research.
- I am aware of concerns that we should do more to support creative industries. That is why one of the main changes is a new Directorate on Media policy. This brings under one roof the whole Commission media y portfolio including copyright, AVMSD, the support for the audio-visual industry and media support programmes, Euronews, and Research & Innovation on media convergence including new media, social media, open publishing, etc.
- The Data Directorate will focus on big data and policies to enable the data-driven economy. It will address many emerging issues as data innovation and other important legal and economic questions of the data-driven economy.
Given the interconnected nature of the digital work, DG CONNECT will continue to work on the basis of strong collaborative teams to keep coherence and focus on our action.
- The Digital Single Market Directorate will coordinate the implementation of the DSM strategy. It will coordinate our going local activities and events on DSM . It will keep you updated on the progress of the DSM through DESI and the European Digital Progress Report, and country monitoring exercises. It will lead on the implementation of our e-Commerce and platforms policies. It will coordinate our activities on start-ups and implement a focussed agenda on digital skills.
- The Directorate responsible for policy strategy and outreach assumes both strategic and operational tasks such as the research programme strategy, alongside a far reaching international and institutional outreach. It continues to work on high quality communication & engagement.
We worked hard to give DG CONNECT a leaner and more focussed organisation that is closer to our stakeholders and is able to contribute with you to the creation of a Digital Single Market in Europe.
Your feedback on how the new organisation works will be very valuable to us. Keep us informed!