Published: Fri, 07 August 2015
Irish businesses operating the in digital sector can capitalise on new market opportunities under EU plans for a Single Digital Market according to Seán Kelly MEP (Ireland South).
“At EU level, we want to give consumers and businesses across Europe better access to digital goods and services while maximising the growth potential of the digital economy,” Mr Kelly said.
“The digital sector has enormous potential to create jobs and growth in Europe. Ireland’s technology sector is currently responsible for around 40 percent of our national exports and employs over 100,000 people. This is now set to increase with estimations showing that the Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion per year to the European economy and create 3.8 million additional jobs.”
The Fine Gael leader said Ireland is in a particularly prime position to lead Europe towards being globally competitive in the digital sector.
“Moving from 28 markets to a single one will create an environment in which Irish digital companies have significantly improved growth potential and will help ensure that we can keep Irish expertise in Ireland”
Mr Kelly is a member of the European Parliament’s committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and will have a prominent role in the Parliament’s work on the Digital Single Market as legislative discussions begin.
MEP Kelly was also recently appointed lead negotiator on Data Protection (the protection of personal information online) for the European Parliament’s Industry committee. Mr Kelly will represent the EU’s only directly elected institution during negotiations between the Parliament, the EU Council (governments) and the Commission over the next few months.