Highlights of joint meeting with Telecommunications and Competitiveness Ministers


May 26-27, 2016, Brussels

"Today we established important milestones for creating a truly digital single market in the EU to facilitate innovation and growth. I strongly encourage all those involved to act quickly and take full advantage of the digital revolution." said by Henk Kamp, Minister for Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, during this meeting.

During the joint meeting the Council assessed progress on the digital single market strategy one year on since the launch of this strategy and agreed on the main principles to ensure portability of online content services in the internal market, adopted conclusions on digital single market technologies and the modernisation of public services, discussed the impact of digitalisation on productivity of the services sector under the competitiveness check-up, and, discussed ways of improving the uptake of space data from European space programmes to create growth and jobs.

To ensure that these and future actions benefit from an innovation-friendly environment, the Council adopted conclusions on better regulation and following a debate on open science, the Council adopted conclusions on the transition towards an open science system. It also adopted conclusions on the lessons learnt from: the 7th research framework programme; the future outlook; and, the creation of a friendly regulatory environment for research and innovation.

Chairing the Council, Sander Dekker, State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, made the following statement: "Open Science is a topic which is very dear to our hearts. During the Netherlands presidency, we have aimed at bringing Europe to the forefront of global change and at leading the transition to a new way of doing research and science based on openness, big data and cloud computing. Open Science breaks down the barriers around universities and ensures that society benefits as much as possible from all scientific insights. In that way we maximize the input of researchers, universities and knowledge institutions". Continue reading highlights...

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