The Council of the European Union has given its support to the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe, and called on heads of member states to do all they can to help the policy succeed.
The Council, which forms part of the EU's legislature, said in a document released yesterday (PDF) that governments must acknowledge the significance of the Digital Agenda for Europe and the "economic and social development" it can provide.
Member states and the European Commission should work together to find ways of ensuring "horizontal co-ordination between concerned institutions both at the EU and national level to improve the implementation of the Agenda for Europe", the document added.
The Council also reiterated the need for the Digital Agenda, arguing that it will improve the quality of life for Europeans by enhancing public services and generating economic growth.
"Europe should put the necessary resources into the development of a digital single market based on fast and ultra-fast internet and interoperable applications in order to use its full potential to raise productivity and generate economic growth," it said.
The Council endorsed the push to get all EU citizens online in the coming years, and to "promote the take-up and use of the internet in order to ensure inclusion in the digital society".
Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes unveiled the initiative two weeks ago, saying that "we must put the interests of Europe's citizens and businesses at the forefront of the digital revolution, and maximise the potential of ICTs to advance job creation, sustainability and social inclusion".
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