Telecommunications Ministers meeting in Brussels on 8 March have signalled their confidence in the improved prospects for the electronic communications sector. In a wide ranging discussion Ministers highlighted the importance of a mobile, on-line and inclusive information society to drive growth and deliver new jobs and improved productivity. This is their message to the Spring European Council. In wide ranging conclusions, the Council examined the state of the telecommunications sector, the mid-term review of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan, the fight against spam and the development of a global information society. The upbeat mood reflected the announcements from industry over recent weeks of a range of new mobile data services and devices and continuing strong growth in broadband which now reaches around 6% of the EU population (a total of 20 million lines). At the same time Council highlighted the need for rapid implementation of the new legislative framework for electronic communications and identified a range of detailed steps to build the information society.