Elgar Commentaries series
Edited by Irini A. Stamatoudi and Paul Torremans
Chapter 17: THE DIGITAL AGENDA FOR EUROPE, THE ECONOMY AND ITS IMPACT UPON THE DEVELOPMENT OF EU COPYRIGHT POLICY
On March 3 2010, the European Commission announced its launch of the 'Europe 2020' strategy. This initiative, labelled by the Commission as a strategy for 'smart, sustainable and inclusive growth', has largely been informed by the economic conditions blighting the European Union (EU) (and indeed, significant parts of the world) since 2008. In the preface to the Europe 2020 strategy, President of the Commission José Manuel Barroso stated plainly that 'Europe needs to get back on track. Then it must stay on track. That is the purpose of Europe 2020'. In order to achieve this goal of revitalising the EU, Europe 2020 proposed a number of flagship initiatives, intended to ensure growth based on a knowledge economy, in which 'innovative ideas can be turned into new products and services that create growth (and) quality jobs'. One such flagship initiative is the 'Digital Agenda for Europe'. This Digital Agenda 'aim is to deliver sustainable economic and social benefits from a Digital Single Market based on fast and ultra fast internet and interoperable applications'. The Digital Agenda for Europe Communication (hereby the digital agenda) was subsequently released in May 2010, proposing a raft of reforms to be made to European Internet and technology policies in order to ensure the functioning of a strong digital single market. In the autumn of 2013 the Commission released a White Paper, with the aim of taking a number of points forward into the future, beyond the time of writing this book.
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