Viviane Reding, the Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, proposes a new impetus for the European ICT research and innovation agenda in Vienna last week.
ICT is instrumental in bringing about the necessary changes to our economy and society. While the role of ICT in productivity growth is well known, Europe still lags behind its major competitors in investing in ICT. While ICT brings every day new solutions to societal problems from health to ageing and inclusion, Europe's administrations and public services are still slow in adopting ICT. Europe comes third after the US and Asia not only in embracing ICT but also in shaping its development and progress.