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This story about the 5 year plan for the European digital economy was published by EurActiv on 19th May 2010.

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes today (19 May) unveiled her strategy to create a “virtuous and self-replicating digital economy”. The five-year plan concentrates on infrastructure for high-speed Internet and fostering a borderless market for online music and film.

Kroes, who has held the Commission’s new ‘digital agenda’ portfolio for almost three months, presented a 39-page plan to boost the digital economy.

The plan aims “to put the interests of Europe’s citizens and businesses at the forefront of the digital revolution and maximise the potential of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to advance job creation, sustainability and social inclusion,” Kroes said in a statement.

Creating a single market for the EU’s cultural content and innovations, with interoperable standards and greater network security, are also high on the Commissioner’s political priorities.

A proposal on high-speed networks is expected to make an appearance soon as previous attempts failed after pressure from disgruntled lobbies.

This year, the commissioner has also vowed to tackle the bugbear of rights management in the EU by introducing a pan-European system of collecting royalties for the use of creative content like music and film.

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