[AfrICANN-discuss] European Digital Agenda: Scoreboard shows progress

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Tue May 31 14:18:00 SAST 2011


Digital Agenda: Scoreboard shows progress

Brussels, 31 May 2011 - A Scoreboard has been published by the European
Commission showing the performance of the EU and Member States in delivering
on the agreed targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe after the first year
of its existence (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200). In line with
its commitment to an open data strategy the European Commission has made its
data sets and statistics in the Scoreboard publicly available online
enabling anyone to carry out their own analysis and come to their own

Overall progress over the first year of the Digital Agenda has been good,
especially on the use of Internet (65% of EU population). But progress in
some areas is disappointing, in particular roll-out of new super fast
Broadband networks, which is one of the key Digital Agenda goals, even if
there is some progress in upgrading existing cable and copper networks.

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital
Agenda said: "A year after the launch of the Digital Agenda I note progress.
However, Member States, industry, civil society and the Commission need to
do more if we want to maximise the Agenda's potential for retaining Europe's
competitiveness, stimulating innovation, and creating jobs and prosperity. I
call on everybody to consider the massive long term benefit of acting
decisively now, especially in high speed broadband."

The Digital Agenda committed the EU to carry out 101 specific actions (78
for the Commission, of which 31 are legal proposals, and 23 for Member
States) which will together boost investment in, and use of, digital
technologies. Overall, 11 DAE actions have been completed, 6 actions due in
2010 are delayed and the remaining actions are largely on track.

On the 13 key performance targets (see MEMO/10/200):


      Good progress on regular Internet use, online shopping, eGovernment
and low energy lighting

      Mixed progress in broadband availability and take up

      Insufficient progress in cross-border eCommerce, online presence of
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), roaming prices and public

The implications of the scoreboard will be discussed in Brussels on June
16-17 at the Digital Agenda Assembly.

The Scoreboard shows good progress in:


      Regular Internet use. This has risen rapidly to 65% of the EU
population (target 75% by 2015). Disadvantaged groups like the less
well-educated and the elderly are also using the Internet more, up from 42%
to 48%. This brings within reach of the 2015 goal of 60%.Non-users have
fallen from 30% to 26% of the population.

      Online shopping. 40% of EU citizens now shop online, including 57% of
all Internet users. More than half of the population in 8 EU countries buys

      eGovernment: 41% of citizens use eGovernment services, half of whom
have return completed forms online. The eGovernment Action Plan (IP/10/1718)
should help realise the 2015 target of use of eGovernment services by 50 %
of citizens and 80% of businesses.

      Promotion of low energy lighting: Solid State Lighting increased its
market share to 6.2% in 2010 (up from 1.7% in 2009), making good progress to
reducing the energy use of lighting by 20% by 2020.

Mixed progress in:


      Broadband availability and take up: Basic broadband is increasingly
available even in remote areas. However, deployment and uptake of very
high-speed broadband is currently concentrated in only a few (mostly urban)
areas. The Commission is working with Member States to implement the
strategy to give every European access to basic broadband by 2013 and fast
and ultra fast broadband by 2020 (IP/10/1142).

Insufficient progress in:


      Cross-border eCommerce: barely growing, from 8.1-8.8% in 2010. The
Digital Agenda target is 20% of citizens shopping online across borders by
2015. The Commission intends to address this and other barriers to the
development of the Digital Single Market in a forthcoming Communication on
the eCommerce Directive

      Online presence of Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): 26% of
SMEs purchase online, a rising share, but only 13% of SMEs sell online, (up
2 points on last year)

      Roaming prices: they fell by 1.5 € cents in 2010, but are still more
than three times as expensive as domestic calls. The Digital Agenda's aim is
for thedifference between national and roamed calls within the EU to
approach zero by 2015.

      Public investment in ICT R&D: expenditure by public authorities did
not exceed the € 5.7 billion baseline of the previous year. A 6% annual
growth will be needed to reach the target of doubling to € 11 billion by

Is the Commission on target?

Overall, progress on implementing the 101 Digital Agenda actions has been
quite good. Almost 10% of the actions have been completed, 80% are on track
and the remaining 10% are delayed.


The Scoreboard covers the period May 2010 to May 2011. It is accompanied by
a series of online reports on specific aspects of the Digital Agenda, such
as eGovernment or online trust and security. The Scoreboard incorporates
data and analysis previously found in the Commission's annual Progress
Report on the Single European Electronic Communications (IP/10/602).

For more information


Scoreboard website:


A profile of each EU Member State, with details of broadband, internet use,
eGovernment and telecoms regulatory trends, is available on the Digital
Agenda website:


Digital Agenda website:


Neelie Kroes' website: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/kroes/

Follow Neelie Kroes on Twitter: http://twitter.com/neeliekroeseu


How the EU scores on the Digital Agenda targets

Yellow = 2010, blue = 2011. Labels refer to targets; outer line is 100%
achievement; targets refer to 2015 unless otherwise stated. 20% reduction in
energy use not included1

Contacts :

Jonathan Todd (+32 2 299 41 07)

Linda Cain (+32 2 299 90 19)

1 :

Work is currently on-going to establish a baseline and identify the real
contribution of this technology to overall reduction in energy use
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