UK cities to meet on EU digital single market

How to remove barriers and create a true pan-European digital single market will the subject of a series of meetings between EU officials and local representatives in October and November in the UK and Europe.

There will be two London meetings on 24 and 25 October. The first will discuss Londoners’ response to the Digital Agenda.

Rural broadband will be high on the agenda at the Cardiff and Edinburgh meetings, with Cardiff also discussing eHealth, eGovernment and other uses and applications, the participation of Ofcom Wales, ICT research and innovation prospects.

City councillors from Birmingham, Manchester, and Bristol will meet local stakeholders and provide feedback to the EC director-general Robert Madelin at a London meeting.

Times and venues are still vague, as are whose opinions are deemed worthy of attention.

The meetings, intended to chart local courses of action, are a follow-up to a similar series a year ago just after the European Commission published its Digital Agenda.

A report on those meetings just published found that 1900 civil servants, regulators, industry representatives, members of parliaments, universities, NGOs and consumer associations attended, averaging 75 per country.

The report said press coverage was not an objective of the exercise as such, adding “some (countries) actively decided not to seek media attention”.

To get on the delegate list contact John Doyle at EC INFSO, Belgium, and Jon Zeff in the media directorate at the department for media, culture and sport, or the office.

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3 responses to “UK cities to meet on EU digital single market

  1. Interesting how cities think they understand rural broadband isn’t it? No wonder government has been conned into bailing out the incumbent to protect its copper assets leaving 10% of digitalbritain in the slow lane for yet another decade. And the majority stuck with ‘superfast’ copper phone lines when we should be moving to fibre.
    There won’t be a european digital market until we all have decent access to the internet.
    If they sorted the rural 10% first with fibre the market would soon take care of the rest.

  2. PhilT

    Looks awfully top down. Not very far down though.

    “City councillors from Birmingham, Manchester, and Bristol will meet local stakeholders and provide feedback to the EC director-general Robert Madelin at a London meeting.”

    says it all really. Let’s take councillors from three major provincial cities “up to” London to bow down to the man from Brussels. Forgive us, for we are not worthy.

    • And, as Cyberdoyle notes, how much knowledge would they have of rural conditions? Hopeless. The Digital Divide is becoming the Digital Grand Canyon.

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