Europe must embrace the digital revolution and open up digital opportunities for people and businesses. Every single minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data. Internet traffic is doubling every 2-3 years and mobile internet traffic every year.
In 2020, there will be 50 billion wirelessly-connected devices globally. The use of Big Data by the top 100 EU manufacturers could lead to savings worth €425 billion. Almost half the EU population (47%) is not properly digitally skilled, yet in the near future, 90% of jobs will require some level of digital skills.
Europe needs new drivers for fast, comprehensive growth and for generating new competitive advantages. Thanks to our efforts, the important steps on this path have already been done. The EPP Group pushed for the adoption of the Telecommunications Package which will allow the abolition of extra roaming fees while calling, texting or transferring mobile data when travelling abroad. €20 billion set aside from the EU budget has already been contributed to grant access to broadband internet in eastern Poland, grant online education to Greek pupils and finance Estonian online administration.
Applying the rules of the Single Market to the digital world is our priority. A fully-implemented Digital Single Market offers huge opportunity: great economic leverage, increased citizen participation and, from a social point of view, a chance to increase equality. We understand that the development of content and services may change the lives of millions of people. Using open sources for education, changing copyright with respect for both creators and for people’s expectations for simple access to goods and products, developing mobile health solutions to improve medical services for patients, using user-friendly administrative channels for delivering services to citizens in interoperable formats, giving citizens the opportunity to take part in participatory democracy via Internet – all these digital solutions are changing Europe.