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