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ICT for Competitiveness and Innovation
Athens 20 January 2009
Costas Andropoulos Head of Unit - ICT for
Competitiveness and Innovation
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The Key Relevance of ICT
Relevance of ICT
ICT as General Purpose Technology
EU ICT Sector
  • Represents with 670 Billion Euro over 6 of EU
    GDP and employment in 2007.
  • Software has a share of 11.3 and IT services
    20.9 of the total ICT market value.
  • 50 of the EU productivity growth, (1,1 between
    2000-2004) comes from ICT.
  • Impacts the competitiveness as an enabling
    technology.
  • Enables process and product innovations.
  • Improves business processes along the whole value
    chain.
  • According to a recent study Money spent on
    computing technology delivers gains in worker
    productivity that are three to five times those
    of other investments.

Study by the IT and Innovation Foundation
3
THE COMPETITIVENESS INNOVATION framework
PROGRAMME - CIP
2,170 M
730 M
730 M
Source for further informationhttp//ec.europa.eu
/enterprise/enterprise_policy/cip/index_en.htm
4
The aim ICT PSP
The ICT-related CIP programme at a glance
The ICT PSP runs from 2007 to 2013 and builds on
the aims of the previous e-TEN, Modinis and
e-Content programmes and will support the aims of
the integrated strategy i2010 - European
Information Society 2010.
Participants of the programme
  • Develop show cases of ICT based innovations.
  • Analyse current, and prepare for future
    developments.
  • Diffuse widely the results.
  • The programme is open to legal entities
    established in the EU.
  • Legal entities established outside the EU may
    participate on equal terms.
  • Other third countries may participate on a
    case-by-case basis but will not receive any
    funding.

5
Priorities
ICT PSP priorities and instrument
Main Instruments
  • Building on interoperability initiatives in
    member states / associated countries.
  • Stimulating innovative use of ICT in public
    private sector.
  • Thematic Network Mobilisation/Exchanges between
    practitioners policy makers.
  • Best practice network Combining consensus
    building / awareness raising / large scale
    implementation only for supporting Digital
    library.
  • Those that support EU ICT policy objectives.
  • Those that support innovation policy objectives.
  • Focus on areas that need financial intervention
    at EU level.
  • Readiness of the stakeholders to mobilise
    financial and human resources to carry out the
    actions.

Source for further information http//ec.europa.e
u/information_society/activities/ict_psp/index_en.
htm
6
The e-Business Support NetworkEnhancing ICT and
e-Business uptake for SMEs
  • e-BSN
  • 200 national and regional ICT and e-Business
    policies for SMEs in 30 countries.
  • Policy shifts
  • from sponsoring ICT investment towards coaching
    SMEs to innovate through ICTs
  • towards sector specific policies.
  • e-BSN portal offers a one-stop-shop.
  • e-BSN shapes policy trends and supports policy
    coordination.
  • Sector specific policies help SMEs participate in
    global digital supply chains.
  • A wide range of e-Business policies at European,
    national and regional level are increasingly
    backing up this new trend.

http//ec.europa.eu/enterprise/e-bsn/index_en.html

7
The e-Business Guide for SMEs
  • Intelligent application that helps SMEs
    self-diagnose e-Business needs, proposes
    solutions using local ICT service providers.

http//ec.europa.eu/enterprise/e-bsn/ebusiness-sol
utions-guide/
8
Sector-specific pilot actions
  • Streamline entire sectors by digitising whole
    supply chains helping companies use ICT-enabled
    solutions

One large-scale pan-European pilot action in the
textile/clothing and footwear sectors started
January 2008 (http//www.ebiz-tcf.eu/) More
sectors to be supported first half 2009
9
The European e-Skills Agenda
  • Background
  • Growing e-skills shortages in Europe
  • Fragmented approach and cyclical problem (bubble
    burst)
  • European e-Skills Forum and ICT Task Force Report
    (2006)
  • Long term problem requiring a coherent and
    consistent agenda
  • ICT Industry led-initiative
  • e-Skills Industry Leadership Board
    (06/2007)www.e-skills-ilb.org
  • EU Policy Communications
  • COM(2007) 496 e-Skills for the 21st Century
    Fostering Competitiveness, Growth and Jobs
    (07/09/2007)
  • e-Inclusion Initiative

10
Implementing the e-Skills Strategy
  • Good Progress in 2008
  • EU e-Competence Framework, www.ecompetences.eu
  • European e-Skills and Careers Portal,
    htttp//eskills.eun.org
  • Successful Multi-stakeholder Partnerships
  • Report on the Impact of Global Sourcing
  • Future work (2009-2010) will concentrate on
  • European ICT Curriculum guidelines
  • Relevant fiscal and financial incentives
  • Better and greater use of e-learning
  • EU e-Skills Week awareness raising campaign
    (1Q2010)

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Obstacles to e-Invoicing
e-Invoicing
Importance for SMEs
Economic dimension of e-invoicing
  • DG MARKT-commissioned study
  • 238bn over 6 years
  • EACT - CAST project
  • Average processing cost of paper invoice 30
  • 80 cost saving possible with e-invoicing
  • 10 billion invoices/year in EU
  • 240bn per annum
  • Case study Denmark
  • Danish Government G2B savings 100-134 million/yr
  • Case study France
  • In 2001, B2B savings of 40bn
  • Reduce transaction processing time and costs.
  • Ensure SME-friendly formats supported.
  • Legal certainty.

12
e-Invoicing Expert Group
  • The European Commission set up an Expert Group on
    e-Invoicing
  • to identify shortcomings in the regulatory
    framework, business requirements and data
    elements.
  • to propose the European e-Invoicing Framework and
    responsibilities for standards.
  • Members representatives of the public sector,
    financial service providers, standardisation
    organizations, SMEs...

Expected Deliverables
  • January 09
  • Mid-term report (including views on Equal
    Treatment)
  • Spring 09
  • EEI Recommendation
  • Dec 09 EEI Framework
  • Basis for common business rules and technical
    standards
  • Increase incentives for electronic trade
  • Remove barriers to e-invoicing

http//ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ict/policy/einvoici
ng/einvoicing_en.htm
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Further Information
  • DG ENTR unit web site
  • http//ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ict/index_en.htm
  • Contact
  • European CommissionEnterprise
    Directorate-GeneralDirectorate  Innovation
    Policy Unit D4 ICT for Competitiveness  
    InnovationB-1049 Brusselsfax 32 2 296 70
    19E-mail entr-ict-for-comp-and-innovation_at_ec.eur
    opa.eu
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