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"Study on Innovative ICT SMEs in Europe (EU25)", Tender Specifications, 2005/S 215-211696

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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are a powerful driver of growth and employment. More than 40% of the productivity gains in our economies are achieved due to ICTs. Differences in economic performances between industrialised countries are largely explained by the level of ICT investment and use and by the competitiveness of the communications and media sector. ICT services and skills, media and content are a growing part of the economy and of society. This is why in its renewed Lisbon Strategy, the Commission has put new emphasis on the contribution of ICTs for competitiveness, growth and jobs.
In its communication on the i2010 strategy - European Information Society 20101 ¿ the Commission aims to exploit this opportunity for economic growth and jobs in Europe by promoting an open and competitive digital economy. A key element of the renewed Lisbon Strategy, i2010 offers a comprehensive strategy for the ICTs and media sector setting three priorities for Europe's information society policies:
i) The completion of a Single European Information Space which promotes an open, competitive and content-rich internal market for electronic communications, media and content;
ii) Strengthening Innovation and Investment in ICTs to promote growth and jobs;
iii) Achieving an Inclusive European Information Society that prioritises better public services and quality of life.

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