Digital Agenda for Europe unveiled by the European Commission would contribute significantly to EU's economic growth and spread benefits of digital era to all sections of society. Half of European productivity growth over past 15 years was already driven by information & communications technologies and this's likely to accelerate. Agenda outlines seven priority areas for action: creating a digital Single Market, greater interoperability, boosting internet trust and security, much faster internet access, more investment in research and development, enhancing digital literacy skills and inclusion, and applying information and communications technologies to address challenges facing society like climate change and the ageing population. Examples of benefits include easier electronic payments and invoicing, rapid deployment of telemedicine and energy efficient lighting.
Microsoft said “As a company, we’re fully committed to working with EU and governments to realize the potential of Europe's digital future.”
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