Europe’s €700bn ICT industry calls on govts to get digital

18 Feb 201069 Views

Broadband-based innovation has the potential to create up to 1 million new jobs and generate additional economic activity worth €849 billion, groups representing Europe’s six million-strong ICT industry have told European governments.

The organisations representing Europe’s ICT industries, which have revenues of €700 billion and employ 6 million people, have called on EU leaders to enable business and society to fully benefit from ICT in terms of productivity, social welfare and sustainability.

In an unprecedented move, industry representatives worked under the guidance of former EP president Enrique Baron Crespo – appointed by the Spanish State Secretariat as co-ordinator of the joint industry initiative – to deliver a series of collaborative recommendations for the Spanish Presidency Digital Europe Strategy and the new commission’s Digital Agenda.

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By John Kennedy

Photo: Broadband-based innovation may create up to 1 million jobs and generate economic activity worth €849 billion, groups representing Europe’s ICT industry have told European governments

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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