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[Fwd: EU R&D in ICT consultation, EU governments contribute 'small part', Europe nearly absent in Internet industry.]

From: Sergio Quiroz <sergio@quiroz-arteaga.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2009 16:25:36 -0500
Message-ID: <4A79F8D0.4010509@quiroz-arteaga.com>
To: public-egov-ig@w3.org
CC: research@groups.dowire.org
FYI.

It might be of your interest.

Regards. /SQ
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Dear All,

That may be of interest to you that yesterday the European Commission 
issued the* Europe's Digital Competitiveness Report.*

In this paper the Commission indicates that:

    * *Europe is at risk of losing its competitive edge* when it comes
      to new innovative developments.
    * World* economic crisis is already impacting on R&D*. Reduced cash
      flows and credit constraints (including a reduction in venture
      capital) are making R&D investment pro-cyclical.
    * The Commission is about to launch a public* online consultation*
      on unleashing ICT as a driver of economic recovery and as a lead
      contributor to the Lisbon growth and jobs agenda. This is crucial
      in the current economic and* financial crisis.*
    * The Commission calls on the Member States and on stakeholders to
      actively cooperate in the months ahead until early 2010 to draft
      a* new digital agenda* so that Europe can emerge from the current
      crisis with a stronger, more competitive and more open digital
      economy, driving European growth and innovation.
    * The Commission has proposed to pursue the proposal for a new
      programme aimed to promote* Interoperability Solutions* for public
      Administrations (European Interoperability Framework)
    * EUís position as a key player in the international ICT arena
      depends on* international openness and cooperation*, an internet
      free of restrictions on traffic, sites, platforms. It also depends
      on our ability to handle global challenges, such as* international
      governance.*
    * Given the crucial contribution of innovation by the ICT sector to
      productivity growth, long-term strategic choices by* governments
      in this area are of fundamental importance*.* EU governments
      however account for only a relatively small part of ICT R&D*.
    * In the European Union R&D in ICT is highly* fragmented*. This
      market fragmentation contrasts with the fact that R&D in ICT is
      highly concentrated.
    * The old Member States accounts for 98% of the total* Germany*
      (26.2%), France (17.3%) and the UK (12.8%). New Member States are
      catching up however.
    * In the* Nordic countries* (Finland, Sweden and Denmark) the
      contribution of the ICT sector to the overall R&D intensity is the
      highest.
    * The EU's main competitors (i.e.* USA, Japan and Korea) are
      investing significantly more* in ICT R&D (relative to GDP) than
      the EU.* Europe is nearly absent in the Internet industry*. The
      gap is primarily due to the smaller size of the EU ICT business
      sector relative to the US.

* *
More details in:
Communication
_http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/eeurope/i2010/docs/annual_report/2009/com_2009_390_en.pdf_ 

and Benchmarking Report:
_http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/eeurope/i2010/docs/annual_report/2009/sec_2009_1060_vol_1.pdf_ 


I hope all this is not an obstacle in enjoying the beach or pool.

Best regards from Brussels,

*Piotr Madziar*
Adviser - Financial integration and governance of accounting standards
DG Internal Market & Services
European Commission
SPA2 04/103, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

*E-mail: piotr.madziar@ec.europa.eu*
tel. +32-2-295.08.69
_http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market_

The views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not in any 
circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the 
European Commission* *

*P*
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