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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are one of the important dynamic forces for growth in modern economies. They contribute to transforming economic and social activities, lead to higher labour productivity growth, and foster economic and social cohesion. Four years after the Lisbon European Council, the creation of a favourable environment for the spread of ICTs remains an important responsibility for policy makers. This is why the 2004 Spring Report recalls the importance of information society policy to improve competitiveness. It also invites the Council and the European Parliament to take action in those sectors that are considered to be of strategic importance for European growth.
This Communication highlights the need for sustained political commitment to improve the effective use of ICTs in the Union and identifies actions to remove barriers to further investment. In particular:
- The new regulatory framework for electronic communications enhances competition and provides a predictable legal environment improving certainty for investors.
- The Commission in 2003 has set up a Mobile Communications & Technology Platform with the aim of identifying stakeholders� views on challenges to facilitate the roll-out of 3G networks.
- Within the eEurope framework, Member States who have not yet put in place a national broadband strategy are called upon to do so within the minimum delay.

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Record Number: 4381 / Last updated on: 2004-04-23
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