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Kroes, in charge of the EU's digital agenda, expects a busy 2013 (Photo: EU)

The European Commission has published a "digital to-do list" for the European Union's 27 member states in an effort to speed up the development of the internet economy.

Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner in charge of the so-called digital agenda, said 2013 will be the busiest year yet in her area of competence. "My top priorities are to increase broadband investment and to maximise the digital sector's contribution to Europe's recovery," she said in a press release.

The digital agenda is a cornerstone of Europe's move toward a more efficient, modern economy. The EU estimates that full implementation of the digital agenda would increase GDP by 5 pc over the next eight years. That would be achieved by increasing IT investment, improving IT skills, enabling public sector innovation and reforming the framework conditions for the internet economy.

The EU's digital to-do list looks like this:

  1. Create a new and stable broadband regulatory environment
  2. Speed up rollout of cross-border digital services
  3. Launch a broad-based initiative to address IT skills shortage
  4. Propose cyber-security strategy and subsequent EU directive
  5. Modernize EU's copyright framework
  6. Accelerate cloud computing through more public-sector adoption
  7. Launch industrial strategy for micro- and nano-electronics