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1 Digital Agenda for Europe as a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 Strategy José Carlos Macía Arce University of Santiago de Compostela Francisco José Armas Quintá University of Minho

2 The main aim The main aim of this research is analyze the spread of New Technologies through the European Union at regional level, in relation with the goals of the Digital Agenda and the EU2020S

3 Structure of exposition Europe 2020 Strategy Digital Agenda for Europe Regional analysis of the Digital Society in Europe Conclusions

4 Europe 2020 Strategy (EU2020S) The EU2020S was launched by the European Commission in 2010 The purpose is exit the current crisis and prepare the European economy for future challenges The EU2020S contemplates three pillars which integrate seven flagship initiatives Eight targets on employment, R&D, climate change and energy, education and poverty and social inclusion have been defined

5 The main targets of the EU2020S Employment 75% of the year olds to be employed R&D 3% of the EU's GDP to be invested in R&D Climate change and energy Greenhouse gas emissions 20% (or even 30%, if the conditions are right) lower than % of energy from renewable energy 20% increase in energy efficiency

6 Education Reducing school drop-out rates to below 10%. At least 40% of years old completing third level education Poverty and social exclusion At least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion

7 The pillars of the EU2020S and the seven flagships initiatives Smart Growth Digital agenda for Europe Innovation Union Youth on the move Sustainable Growth Resource efficient Europe An industrial policy for the globalization era Inclusive Growth An agenda for new skills and jobs European platform against poverty

8 The Digital Agenda for Europe The objective of the Digital Agenda for Europe flagship is to maximize the social and economic potential of ICT, especially the Internet as a strategic tool to improve the economic and societal activity: for doing business, working, communicating and expressing ourselves freely

9 The Digital Agenda identifying seven most relevant obstacles: Fragmented digital markets Lack of interoperability Rising cybercrime and risk of low trust in networks Lack of investment in networks Insufficient research and innovation efforts Lack of digital literacy and skills Missed opportunities in addressing societal challenges

10 The Commission accepts these obstacles and proposes actions to overcome them. These actions constitute the seven pillars of the Digital Agenda for Europe: A vibrant digital single market Interoperability and standards Trust and security Fast and ultra fast internet access Research and Innovation Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion ICT enabled benefits for the EU society

11 A vibrant digital single market Some actions proposed by the Commission would be: Simplify copyright procedure Create a legal framework to facilitate the dissemination of cultural work in Europe Promote cross-border and European licenses Ensure the completion of the Single Euro Payment Area Protect the online shops, etc.

12 Interoperability and standards Some proposals are: Promote appropriate rules for essential intellectual property rights Use standards to provide guidance on the link between ICT standardization and public procurement to help public authorities

13 Trust and security The users must feel safe and secure when they use the Internet The threats must be reducing In the Digital Society is necessary strengthening the security

14 Fast and ultra fast internet access Is needed a very fast Internet for the economy to grow firmly and to create jobs and prosperity, and to ensure citizens access the content and services they want It is very important to ensure that by 2020 all Europeans have access to much higher Internet speeds of above 30 Mbps and 50% more of European households subscribe to Internet connections above 100 Mbps At the same time it is strategic to fight against the Digital Divide, especially to ensure coverage of remote and rural areas.

15 Research and Innovation Europe must invest more in R&D and ensure our best ideas reach the market At the present we can appreciate low European investment in ICT related R&D and it is possible to identify three main problems: Weak and dispersed public R&D effort Market fragmentation and dispersion of financing Europe does not progress adequately in ICT innovations

16 Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion It is absolutely necessary to educate European citizens to use ICT and digital media as a smart tool to improve education and skills among students and workers

17 ICT enabled benefits for the EU society The ICT offers new opportunities to less resourceintensive products and services to support a sustainable healthcare Promote cultural diversity Reduce costs and save time for public administration, citizens and businesses

18 Regional analysis of the Digital Society in Europe

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25 Main conclusions Europe is progressing at different rates in the Information Society. It is possible to appreciate a Digital Divide between Central Europe and the Scandinavian Region with the rest of the European regions. The European Eastern regions show the worst situation. Europe is not only far away from broadband for all by the year 2013, but also it still finds itself with a very high percentage of digitally illiterate amongst the population. This situation complicates the expansion of advanced Internet services such as e-commerce, e-government, teleworking, etc.., and it has a negative impact on the European citizens standard of living.

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