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Difficulties experienced in the electronic communications sector have led to reductions in investment and in R&D expenditure, which undermine Europe's competitive position. Action is now needed to create the conditions for long-term investment, to stimulate supply and demand and to safeguard long-term competitiveness and innovation through R&D.

This Communication presents the actions currently underway in Europe, particularly at the EU level, and it outlines a roadmap of the major initiatives, focusing on those actions that are most likely to impact on the sector in the next 12 to 18 months. It reminds Member States of the need to:
(i) fully implement the new regulatory framework for electronic communications;
(ii) encourage the use of electronic communication technologies through broadband and multi-platform access, as outlined in the eEurope 2005 Action Plan;
(iii) support and strengthen current research efforts at national and EU level.

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Record Number: 4877 / Last updated on: 2003-02-19