Digitaler Wandel und Informationsgesellschaft - Related Opinions
The EESC shares the Commission's view that the use of cloud computing (CC) in Europe needs to be developed. Nevertheless, the Committee recommends that the European Commission (EC) also promotes the development of European "digital energy" production (i.e. the emergence and strengthening of European suppliers of CC infrastructure). This could be achieved through relevant allocations of the structural funds and by launching appropriate European projects, as well as by informing European users and businesses on the dangers stemming from current international regulation when using the services of non-European CC suppliers.
Due to the personal and societal impact of social networks and their future development and consequences, the EU institutions need to prioritise the adoption of binding and non-binding supranational measures leading to self-regulation or, preferably, co-regulation, in line with the Digital Agenda, to foster responsible and intelligent use within a dynamic Digital Single Market and to prevent the problems associated with its inherent risks. The EESC believes the ideal situation would be to have "model laws" on which to base international regulation. However, until this becomes possible, we need to find an EU-level solution.