With the middle of its mandate over, the European Commission published its mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy on Wednesday 10 May 2017.
The review identifies the main dossiers and overall progress that the Commission has achieved on the issue, particularly its 35 legislative proposals and initiatives within the DSM, and encourages their early adoption by the European Parliament and the Council.
The document also addresses three areas in which the further action of the Commission will be taken: data economy and its two initiatives on cross-border free flow and on reuse and accessibility of public data that should be prepared by spring 2018; cybersecurity with the review of its EU strategy and ENISA (Eu’s agency for cybersecurity) mandate coming up in 2017; and online platforms with the initiative addressing unfair trading practices and contracts drafted by the end of 2017.
The mid-term review is followed by European Digital Progress Report (EDPR) that gives overview of the Member States’ progress on digital policies through the data collected in Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) published earlier this year and through the analysis of specific initiatives and challenges of each State. The report focuses mostly on the areas of connectivity, digital skills and public services, internet usage, and research and innovation in ICT.
The third document supplementing the review is a concept paper on ‘Digitalisation, employability and inclusiveness- the Role of Europe’. It provides insight into the effects of digitalisation on the labour market both in positive and negative aspects and addresses issues such as job creation and their replacement and consequences of digital on different geographical areas and citizens’ groups. The data used are summarised in Eurobarometer, the survey which was carried out in March 2017 and expresses opinions of 28 000 European citizens on the impact of digital technologies, levels of personal digital skills, reliability of sources online, artificial intelligence or digital health care.
The whole dossier is concluded by specific case studies accompanying the concept paper, that aim to present the transition to digital in the areas of IoT and smart cities, collaborative economy or e-health. From the perspective of cities and regions, two interesting initiatives are presented - the City of Things in Antwerp and innovative methods in healthy ageing from Puglia region.
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