Information technologies are on the rise everywhere, yet their potential for economic growth, employment, innovation and, above all, improving European citizens’ quality of life, has still to be fully exploited.
These issues are the basis for work in the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and Information Society (TEN) and the permanent study group on the Digital Agenda.
In particular, we monitor the digital gap and promote equal access for all: 30% of European households still lack internet connections, according to recent Eurostat figures.
We express civil society’s concerns and aspirations regarding employment and qualifications in a sector where an estimated 900 000 new jobs could be created by 2015.
E-accessibility and the protection of users – especially children and people with disabilities – are also at the heart of our concerns.