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FP6

Draft Reoprt on a European Information Society for growth and employment (2005/2167(INI))

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Abstract

EU legislation is a particularly problematic issue in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), which is the subject of the i2010 strategy paper. Technological development in the market is exceptionally fast, whereas bringing legislation into force throughout the EU can take years.
This means that in practice all the special legislative initiatives mentioned in the Commission communication will in all probability be in force in 2015 - many of them only just by then. In 10 yearss time ICT and society will presumably look very different from now. This places the legislation in a difficult position. We can best prepare ourselves for this challenge by ensuring that we pursue a policy of flexible regulation.
We have very few ways of predicting what stage technology will have reached by 2015 - or even 2010 - and consequently we cannot predict offhand the situation on the market. However, it is fairly certain that the whole field of ICT will undergo a fair amount of upheaval in the next 10 years. We can only try to estimate the trends and act in such a way that European industry maintains its lead over its global competitors in those areas where it has one, and improves its competitiveness in areas where it is neck-and-neck.

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Record Number: 7229 / Last updated on: 2006-03-01
Category: POLI