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Friday, May 21, 2010

Roaming, data and e-money all feature in EC's Digital Agenda for Europe

Neelie KroesThe European Commission has set out a Digital Agenda for Europe that explains how it believes Information and Communication Technologies should be used to deliver sustainable economic and social benefits within Europe.

Launching the Digital Agenda earlier this week, Neelie Kroes - European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda – said "We must put the interests of Europe's citizens and businesses at the forefront of the digital revolution and so maximise the potential of Information and Communications Technologies to advance job creation, sustainability and social inclusion."

One of the commission's aims is to eliminate the premium charged for using mobile phones abroad. According to the document, "the difference between roaming and national tariffs should approach zero by 2015".

In addition, the EC says its e-money Directive should be implemented swiftly to open the way for innovative e-money solutions, such as mobile wallets – and it also warns that the Commission should promote efficient radio spectrum management to avoid congestion with mobile data services.

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