The Commission plans to launch, on June 1, 2005, what Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and the Media, has branded as “the first-ever Lisbon Strategy realistic action plan”. The plan, labelled “i2010”, sets out to boost at the same time the information and communication technology (ICT) and content industries, as well as the industry take-up of innovation.
The past years have been marked by a rivalry between the telecom and Internet Service Provider industries on one side and the content industries on the other side, over the protection of intellectual property rights versus the protection of the privacy of online users.
Now, the Commission wants to break what it sees as being a block on innovation by starting an initiative to bring the two industries together at one table.
At the same time, in the discussions on the EU budget, DG Information Society is fighting for a higher budget.