Europe and Ireland South’s future rests on our ability to harness the opportunities presented by the Digital Agenda.
My priorities for the digital agenda are
- Building high speed networks:
I will work towards removing obstacles and creating incentives to a) ensure access to broadband across all EU states and b) implementing new generation networks. This is the single most important issue for the success of the digital agenda; we need to aim for broadband speeds of 100+ MB like our competitors.
- Online Single Market:
The move towards harmonizing multi-territory licensing platforms must make cross boarder commerce easier and more attractive for online consumers. As well as tackling legal and regulatory barriers in e-commerce, we must strive to ensure that online consumers are properly protected.
- Bridging the Digital Divide:
We need to aim for full high-speed broadband roll-out so all our citizens can fully benefit and participate in the Information Society. While tackling the digital divide, every citizen must also be made aware of their rights and obligations in the online environment, while at the same time the EU must provide a secure, safe and sustainable online environment.
- Better targeted support for ICT research and innovation:
The European Union must work towards creating more favourable conditions for private investment, particularly focusing on SMEs and innovative start-ups.
I served as Rapporteur for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee for the proposal for the General Data Protection Regulation- the largest reform of data privacy law in two decades- and was voted 2014 MEP of the Year in the category of Digital Agenda for this work on data protection, cyberbulling and promoting Coder Dojo.
Opinion on General Data Protection Regulation
Industry, Research and Energy
Committee responsible for:
- the Union’s industrial policy and the application of new technologies, including measures relating to SMEs;
- the Union’s research policy, including the dissemination and exploitation of research findings;
- space policy;
- the activities of the Joint Research Centre and the Central Office for Nuclear Measurements, as well as JET, ITER and other projects in the same area;
- Community measures relating to energy policy in general, the security of energy supply and energy efficiency including the establishment and development of trans-European networks in the energy infrastructure sector;
- the Euratom Treaty and Euratom Supply Agency; nuclear safety, decommissioning and waste disposal in the nuclear sector; Europe’s digital economy is growing in strength, spreading throughout all sectors of the economy and reaching into all areas of our lives.
- the information society and information technology, including the establishment and development of trans-European networks in the telecommunication infrastructure sector.
The website of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy can be found here.
Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society: Günther Oettinger
Commission Website for the Digital Agenda can be accessed here.