Review of Europe 2020 Assessment of the Digital Agenda for Europe

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EU local and regional authorities contributing to the

Mid-term review of Europe 2020

Assessment of the Digital Agenda for Europe flagship initiative
Three years after its launch, the Committee of the Regions will take stock of the Digital Agenda for Europe flagship initiative at a conference to be held on 2 July 2013 in Brussels. This conference will be the fifth in a series of CoR events and monitoring initiatives surrounding the mid-term review of Europe 2020 in 2014. More news on this conference can be found on the CoR website1.
By participating in this survey, you will:

  • ensure that your views are taken into account in the debate held during the conference;

  • contribute to the fourth CoR Monitoring Report on Europe 2020, to be published in October 2013;

  • contribute to the CoR's consultative activity in this field over the coming months;

  • contribute to the mid-term review of Europe 2020 in 2014.

If you wish to participate in this survey, Please complete this questionnaire in any eu language, using the spaces provided, and return it in text format to:
by 27 May 2013
For more information on this survey and for details on how to join the

Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform, go to:
The questionnaire is available on this website in all official languages of the EU

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PLAÇA DE LA VILA NÚM.1 C.P.08512 TLF:938502626

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Policy challenges and responses at regional and local level

BOX 1 – Digital Agenda for Europe: basic information
The Digital Agenda for Europe was adopted in 2010, as an integral part of the Europe 2020 strategy3, to stimulate the digital economy and address societal challenges through Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The flagship initiative aims to speed up the roll-out of high-speed Internet and reap the benefits of a digital single market for households and firms in Europe. The Digital Agenda contains 101 actions, in 7 pillars4, which will help to reboot the EU economy and enable Europe's citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies.
1. Digital Single Market. The Digital Agenda will update EU Single Market rules for the digital era. The aims are to boost the music download business, establish a single area for online payments, and further protect EU consumers in cyberspace.
2. Interoperability and Standards. Europe must ensure that new IT devices, applications, data repositories and services interact seamlessly anywhere. The Digital Agenda identifies improved standard-setting procedures and increased interoperability as the keys to success.

3. Trust and security. The Digital Agenda proposes a number of practical solutions, including a coordinated European response to cyber-attacks and reinforced rules on personal data protection.

4. Fast and ultra-fast access to the Internet. To match world leaders like South Korea and Japan, Europe needs download rates of 30 Mbps for all of its citizens and at least 50% of European households subscribing to internet connections above 100 Mbps by 2020.
5. Research and Innovation. Currently, EU investment in ICT research is still less than half US levels. The Digital Agenda seeks to maintain Europe's competitive edge through increased coordination and elimination of Europe's fragmented efforts.
6. Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion. Over 50% of Europeans use the internet daily – but 30% have never used it at all. As ever more daily tasks are carried out online, everyone needs enhanced digital skills to participate fully in society.
7. ICT-enabled benefits for EU society. The Digital Agenda focuses on ICTs' capability to reduce energy consumption, support ageing citizens' lives, revolutionises health services and deliver better public services.
A specific scoreboard measuring Member State performance and progress has been especially designed to provide analysis and detailed data on all the policy areas covered by the Digital Agenda5.
You can find more information on the Digital Agenda for Europe, as seen from the local and regional authorities' viewpoint, in the Committee of the Regions' publication Delivering on the Europe 2020 Strategy Handbook for Local and Regional Authorities6. General information on Europe 2020 can be found on the strategy's official website7.

1) What are the main challenges currently facing your region/city in terms of (i) access to the Internet, (ii) e-Governance, and (iii) computer literacy?

    1. Sant Hipolit del Voltrega has Wi-fi to help the municipality's residents access the internet. The possibility of installing fibre optic for residents is being studied. We currently only have fibre optic in the municipal authority premises.

    2. Two years ago the municipal authority modified its website to enable residents to carry out procedures on-line.

    3. The municipal authority gives regular IT courses, providing training at the Adult Education School.

2) Which of the aims of the Digital Agenda for Europe (listed in Box 1) are most relevant in view of the challenges currently facing your city/region?

Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion.

3) Please briefly describe what type of policy programmes/actions are being implemented in your city/region in the policy areas covered by the Digital Agenda for Europe, highlighting their specific contribution to the above aims.

  • Online procedures via the municipality's website.

  • Digital literacy via IT courses.

  • Providing computers for the Adult Education School and the Home for the Elderly.

4) CoR opinions from October 20108 and October 20119 relating to the Digital Agenda for Europe identified, among others, a particular need to: i) create local digital agendas to speed up the optimal use of ICT through orchestrated local, regional and European cooperation, ii) improve interoperability and e-government by developing new applications such as human-centred e-services, e-learning, e-health and e-administration, iii) ensure equal and affordable broadband access everywhere and lead pilot projects aimed at closing the accessibility gap and iv) ensure that security requirements are met at every level so as to guarantee optimum levels of privacy and protection of personal data.
Has your city/region currently adopted specific policies in these fields? Has your city/region adopted a local/regional digital agenda?


Protection of personal data.

How is the Digital Agenda for Europe relevant to your city or region?

BOX 2 – Digital Agenda for Europe: 2012 update
The flagship initiative of the Digital Agenda of Europe, as reviewed by the Commission in December 201210, identifies several important areas where more focused action is needed in order to create growth and jobs in Europe. The review comes at a time when more needs to be done to revive Europe's economic performance and when the digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. The seven priorities/transformative actions for 2013-2014 are:
1) Create a new and stable broadband regulatory environment.

2) New public digital service infrastructures through the Connecting Europe Facility11

3) Launch Grand Coalition on Digital Skills and Jobs

4) Propose EU cyber-security strategy and Directive

5) Update the EU's copyright framework

6) Accelerate cloud computing12 through public sector buying power

7) Launch new electronics industrial strategy – an "Airbus of Chips"

In particular, Europe needs a wake-up call on high-speed broadband. High-speed internet is the basis for the digital economy; without it, essential services such as cloud computing, eHealth, smart cities, audiovisual services – and the benefits thereby derived – will simply not take off.

5) The Digital Agenda for Europe as updated by the Commission in December 2012, sets out a "Digital Agenda Review" based on the seven priorities/transformative actions presented in Box 2 above.
Which of these actions are most relevant to your specific local/regional situation?

Creating new public digital service infrastructures by means of the mechanism.

6) Which of the actions and priorities under the Digital Agenda for Europe (set out in Box 2) are the most difficult to achieve in your city/region? Please, explain why.

The electronics industrial strategy.

7) Overall, what are the strong and weak points of the Digital Agenda for Europe, as seen from your regional/local standpoint?

Strong – new and stable regulatory environment for broadband. Weak – the EU's copyright framework.

8) Would you recommend any specific changes to the Digital Agenda for Europe, following Europe 2020's mid-term review in 2014?

The priorities/transformative actions are good.

Are your country's policies relevant to your city or region?

9) Does your country's 2012 (current) National Reform Programme13 (NRP) for Europe 2020 adequately respond to your regional/local needs in the policy areas covered by the Digital Agenda for Europe? If not, would you suggest any changes in your country's NRP for 2013?


10) Do you have the opportunity to contribute to the drafting of your NRP or national policies related to the priorities set out in the Digital Agenda for Europe, even if this takes place indirectly through organisations that represent cities and regions in your country? If yes, please state how in brief.


Policy and funding issues

11) What sources of funding are used to finance your actions (as provided under question 3) under the Digital Agenda for Europe? In particular: what is the role of the EU Structural Funds in funding actions related to the Digital Agenda for Europe? Are other policy/financial instruments involved? Please, explain.

Funding from the local administration and subsidies from the Autonomous Region and the Provincial Government of Barcelona

12) Have any of the pursued goals been jeopardised due to fiscal consolidation policies and subsequent financial difficulties?


13) Were you directly or indirectly involved in the preparation of the forthcoming Partnership Agreement which is to be signed between your national government and the European Commission for the management of the Structural Funds under the Common Strategic Framework 2014-202014? If yes, please explain how in brief.


14) Please add any further comments you wish to make on the issues covered in this questionnaire.


As part of the preparations for the CoR conference to be held on 2 July 2013 and to showcase good practices in areas covered by the Digital Agenda for Europe, you are invited to submit examples of good practice from your local area.

Please complete the form available on our website:

To help convey the voice of EU cities and regions in the implementation of Europe 2020 at EU level and in your country, join us. For details on how, see:



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