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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, i2010 - Annual Information Society Report 2007 {SEC(2007) 395} {Volumes 1, 2, 3} COM(2007) 146 final

i2010 is the Commission's initiative for information society and media policies. It ensures coherence across the Commission's information society and media policies and seeks to reinforce the important contribution of information and communication technologies (ICT) to the performance of our economies and the renewed Lisbon Strategy. i2010 operates in a fast changing environment and therefore requires regular up-dating and fine-tuning. The present report represents the second such up-dating and prepares the ground for a more extensive mid-term review in 2008.

The overall balance sheet for 2006 is positive. The main indicators are moving in the right direction, with ICT remaining a major factor in driving growth and innovation. The scepticism that held back ICT investments four or five years ago has been replaced by greater confidence in our ability to develop and deploy ICT applications to our economic and social advantage. As regards policy actions, the different EU level initiatives announced at the launch of i2010 in June 2005 are well on track. At Member State level, all the 2006 National Reform Programmes put more emphasis on mainstreaming ICT policies.

The Commission implements i2010 in close co-operation with the Member States through the i2010 High Level Group. In 2006, as part of its industrial policy, it launched an ICT Task Force representing industry and civil society to check whether its current policies are favourable to the competitiveness of the ICT sector or whether some adjustments are needed. This work and the report of the Task Force in particular lead the Commission to conclude that the present policy framework is broadly right.

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Record Number: 8619 / Last updated on: 2007-07-02
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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