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happen, you also need to help defend it. We cannot afford to wait

too long. I rely on your support for the Digital Single Market to

become a reality.”

The creation of a digital single market is a flagship Juncker Commission

policy, but to realise the steps needed to execute this plan – including

the action required from national governments, businesses and

consumers – sparking an initial connection will be crucial.

of data is estimated to raise productivity of

businesses by 5%.

“First, we need to make sure data is properly

protected. Only then can people and companies

fully trust online services and be confident to

use them. We want to finalise the reform of EU

data protection rules as soon as possible.

“On network security, we will also propose

setting up a public private partnership on

cybersecurity technologies. But there is more

to say about data; we need a more active

approach and to see the opportunities. We need

to look at ownership and management of data

flows, data management and storage, data use

and reuse,” Ansip continued.

“If we want to have a viable digital economy,

then providers as well as users of data services

must be able to access a single market that

allows for the free flow of data across borders.

We will present an initiative on the free flow of

data in 2016.”

Cyber-reality

Concluding his address, Ansip commented

that “all of these data-driven areas already

show impressive rates of growth” and that

Europe has to “make the most of” these

opportunities. Through realising the Digital

Single Market, the continent could fully

transform into the digital age.

“Digital industry and business are the driving

force behind the Digital Single Market. The

Digital Single Market is about allowing the

freedoms of Europe’s Single Market to enter the

digital age,” commented Ansip.

“I hope you can see that our strategy is

designed to help business in Europe. But this

is in no way a ‘done deal’: if you want this to

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Horizon 2020 ICT

A cross-cutting technology, ICT features in all three pillars of

Horizon 2020 and sees an approximate 25% increase in funding

under this programme compared to the Seventh Framework

Programme. Horizon 2020 includes specific financing for ICT under

the Industrial Leadership pillar’s ‘Leadership in enabling and

industrial technologies’ objective, for which the European

Commission has allocated €7.7bn over seven years; this includes

funding for advanced computing, robotics, photonics, and micro

and nanoelectronics.

But ICT also has a role to play in tackling the grand societal

challenges. According to the Commission, ‘a number of essential

EU policy objectives on health, ageing, climate, environment,

energy, transport, public sector modernisation, and security cannot

be achieved without ICT innovation.

‘ICT also invades and transforms bit by bit all aspects of our

societies and economies and changes the way people live and

behave.’ Consequently, the technology also has the potential to

realise new developments in the ‘Europe in a changing world’ and

‘Secure societies’ Societal Challenges.

Realising new opportunities in tomorrow’s society also gives way to

funding ICT in blue sky research. As part of the Excellent Science

pillar, ICT has a particular role in the ‘Future and Emerging

Technologies’ objective, including the flagships, which see a

multidisciplinary approach to realising the potential of graphene

and understanding the human brain. Also funded under this pillar

are e-infrastructures.

Further funding for ICT is provided under the various public private

partnerships benefitting from money from Horizon 2020, including

the ECSEL JTI, the Active and Assisted Living Research and

Development Joint Programme, and several of the contractual

public private partnerships, notably Factories of the Future,

photonics, robotics and high performance computing.

The Commission’s plan

will allow “Europe’s

Single Market to enter

the digital age”