Digital inclusion

The annual EU surveys on ICT usage in households and by individuals are a major source of information for monitoring efforts to promote a single European information space, an inclusive knowledge-based society and quality of life. Active use of ICT (information and communication technology) can mean better prospects for work, information and social relations.

The Digital Agenda for Europe, one element of the Europe 2020 growth strategy, is the successor to the i2010 policy framework promoting a European Information Society for growth and employment.

The statistical data collected from 2011 onwards build on previous data collections and are largely determined by the Digital Agenda for Europe and the framework for Monitoring the Digital Economy and Society 2016-2021.

Milestones – EU information society policy

2015 Commission adopts the Communication for a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe

2012 Commission adopts the Communication concerning Digital Agenda for Europe - Driving European growth digitally 

2010 Commission adopts the Digital Agenda for Europe

2009 Benchmarking Framework Digital Europe 2011-2015 endorsed

Regulation 1006/2009 amends Regulation 808/2004 concerning Community statistics on the information society, ensuring harmonised data for all EU countries for up to 15 reference years from 2004.

2007 Commission launches European initiative for an all-inclusive digital society

2006 i2010 benchmarking framework endorsed by High Level Group of Member States' representatives, with core indicators and flexible modules on a specific issue defined each year

Riga Ministerial Declaration aims to halve gaps in Internet use and digital literacy

2005 Launch of i2010 – a European Information Society for growth and employment

2004 Regulation 808/2004 adopted as legal basis for surveys on ICT usage in households and by individuals

2003 Council Resolution on the implementation of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan

2002 Commission launched eEurope 2005 Action Plan