Sunday, April 18, 2010

Europe - Kroes champions interoperability in draft 'digital agenda'

[euractiv] As Commissioner Neelie Kroes prepares to unveil proposals for an EU digital agenda by the end of April, tensions have emerged around the issues of interoperability and open standards for ICT systems. EurActiv France reports.

Serving citizens' interests has been the driving force behind the EU's digital agenda since Kroes started with her new mandate earlier this year.

''My priority is to work together at the heart of Europe to ensure that information technology improves our daily lives – for citizens as well as businesses,'' she stressed.

One of her main tasks is to implement a digital strategy with key sector guidelines for 2010-2015. The agenda will be featured as one of the 'flagship initiatives' under the Commission's proposed 'Europe 2020' strategy, aimed at lifting the EU out of recession.

Providing all European citizens with high-speed Internet access, creating a single digital market, reinforcing online security, fostering research and innovation – these are all part of the agenda.

According to the Commission, the text should be unveiled at the end of April or the beginning of May. For now, the EU executive is not giving any indications about its content.

Kroes champions interoperability in draft 'digital agenda'

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