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  5. <title>FSFE submits comments on the European Commission's Digital Single
  6. Market strategy</title>
  7. </head>
  8. <body>
  9. <h1>FSFE submits comments on the European Commission's Digital Single
  10. Market strategy</h1>
  11. <p>The European Commission has set a goal to
  12. make the EU's single market fit for the digital age by adopting
  13. <a href="">“A Digital Single Market Strategy”</a> which is aimed at bringing down
  14. regulatory barriers between 28 different national markets.
  15. According to the Commission, a true Digital Single Market (DSM)
  16. can be achieved by taking the following actions:</p>
  17. <p>
  18. <ul>
  19. <li>Digitalising industry to a smart industrial system so
  20. that all industrial sectors should be able to integrate new
  21. technologies.</li>
  22. <li>Developing standards and interoperability in areas such
  23. as the "Internet of Things", cybersecurity, big data, and "cloud".</li>
  24. <li>Launching initiatives on the "free flow of data" and a
  25. European Open Science Cloud as a catalyst for growth,
  26. innovation and digitisation.</li>
  27. <li>Unlocking the benefits of high-quality e-services and
  28. advancing digital skills.</li>
  29. </ul>
  30. </p>
  31. <p>FSFE believes that Free Software is an essential prerequisite
  32. for the DSM and can provide the desired innovative potential that
  33. Europe needs in order to be successfully competitive in the global
  34. ICT market. Free Software will help to achieve the majority of
  35. goals set by the Commission in order to achieve a truly digital
  36. single market. In particular:</p>
  37. <p>
  38. <ol>
  39. <li>By providing means to use, share, study and improve
  40. software <strong>Free Software is essential to the digitisation of
  41. all industry sectors</strong>, because it is easily accessible and
  42. enables shaping technology and digital services according
  43. to the specific needs of all actors across different
  44. industries.</li>
  45. <li>To achieve the widest interoperability between services
  46. that businesses can use and rely on, <strong>Europe needs standards
  47. that are open, minimalistic and implementable with Free
  48. Software</strong>. In order for emerging areas such as "Internet of
  49. Things", "cloud" and big data to be interoperable between
  50. industry sectors, Free Software must be implemented as early
  51. as possible.</li>
  52. <li><strong>Free Software encourages digital thinking</strong> and promotes
  53. research that will provide high-quality e-services and, most
  54. importantly, will enhance advanced digital skills through
  55. education.</li>
  56. </ol>
  57. </p>
  58. <p>FSFE, therefore, ask the Commission to take our recommendations
  59. into consideration when pursuing the goals highlighted in the
  60. Digital Single Market strategy, and remove barriers for the
  61. widest adoption of Free Software in the EU policy. </p>
  62. <p>Please read FSFE's <strong><a href="/activities/policy/eu/digital-single-market-comments.en.html">full evaluation of the Digital Single Market Strategy</a></strong>.</p>
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  66. <tag key="digitalsinglemarket">Digital Single Market</tag>
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  68. <tag key="europeancommission">European Commission</tag>
  69. <tag key="publicadministration">Public Administration</tag>
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