The EU's Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives
Growth & Jobs - Europe 2020
Digital agenda for Europe

The flagship initiative Digital Agenda for Europe promotes the development of digital technologies and an inclusive digital society. Broadband coverage has now reached 95% of Europe's population. However, the coverage in rural areas is lower, even if the gap between urban and rural areas has been reduced significantly. The flagship initiative is built on seven pillars concerning, among others, the creation of digital single market, enhancing e-skills and information and communication technologies for social challenges, the flagship initiative

The availability of high-speed networks is a key factor for enhanced regional competitiveness as it determines the capacity of regions to benefit from the knowledge-based economy. Between 2014 and 2020, the new Connecting Europe Facility plans to invest in broadband and digital services and cohesion policy programmes support related initiative at local level

In the Committee of the Regions, aspects of the digital agenda are dealt with by the Commission on Education, Youth, Culture and Research (EDUC) and an overall opinion was adopted in October 2010.

Conference

The Committee of the Regions discussed the regional and local impact of the Flagship Initiative on a conference on 2 July 2013. The event was the fifth in a series of seven Europe 2020 conferences. 

Survey

As part of a series of seven surveys on the implementation of Europe 2020's Flagship Initiatives, the Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform of the Committee of the Regions did a survey among EU local and regional authorities and their representative bodies to assess the Digital Agenda for Europe. The conclusions of this survey were presented during the conference on 2 July 2013. 

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Broadband connections in households at NUTS level

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