Build, Connect, Grow: Make Business in the Digital Single Market This document presents the background for the conference “Build, Connect, Grow: Make Business in the Digital Single Market” that will be held on 21 February 2013 in Brussels. Policy Objectives The massive transformation of the global economic, social and political system underlines that Europe must be more than just a sum of its parts in order to compete and grow effectively. A shift to the “e” space for a very broad range of activities to facilitate citizens and businesses to build, connect and grow, can be a catalyst of turning the EU into a single space, reducing transaction costs, establishing free movement of persons, capital and ideas. In the area of cross-border digital public services, the 'building blocks' tested by Large-Scale Pilots (LSPs – www.buildconnectgrow.eu) are designed to facilitate “smart growth”, which the Europe 2020 Agenda establishes as a cornerstone of Europe’s future. Thus, they are not only a viable path to the development of the Digital Single Market, but also a process to open new horizons for citizens and businesses. LSPs are funded in order to: deepen integration within the EU by connecting European countries; foster cross-border interoperability of ICT systems in Europe, build on national online solutions, broaden cross-border online services, facilitate Europe’s growth and establish its reputation as a global innovator for the digital age. The escalation of LSPs turns cross-border activities that in the past seemed impossible, into a reality. The proposed Connecting Europe Facility will provide the needed long-term prospect to guarantee the return on investment. EU Policies and Actions The EU faces the challenge to remove borders in a digital era. In order to respond, it needs to mobilise public administrations, citizens and businesses to interact effectively and develop innovative and interoperable solutions in areas of public interest. Even though experience shows that the cross-border promotion of online services is lagging, LSPs are seen as a key facilitator towards this goal. LSPs are also seen in relation to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the new initiative of the Commission to stimulate growth, employment and competitiveness within the EU, which will broaden their reach. These pilots, engaging stakeholders such as public authorities, service providers and research centres across the EU, develop practical solutions tested in real government services, implement them and make them accessible throughout Europe. In reality, LSPs are like building blocks, which can be linked to serve as a solid foundation for the development of other services in line with demand. Their basic aims are:
- To ensure that businesses, governments and citizens efficiently implement ICT innovations.
- To unlock business opportunities and market developments by favouring the development of EU-wide markets.
- To produce higher quality products and compete better on a global scale.
- Why and where is the ICT industry needed?
- How can the industry be engaged to guarantee the quality and take-up of the results of the LSPs?
- What business opportunities exist for ICT industries under the new European Commission’s initiatives?
- How is it possible to guarantee equal treatment and engagement of SME in the new business environment?
- How should public administrations participate in order to be more effective and efficient?
- What can we learn from LSPs past experience/results, especially concerning the promotion of the Digital Single Market?
- How can the ICT industry, through the facilitation of LSPs contribute to economic growth within the EU?
- What kind of barriers should be removed to further promote the Digital Single Market?
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