Washington DC, 21 July 2017 – A delegation from the ETNO Association, representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, visited US regulators and stakeholders this week for a fact-finding mission.
We, the undersigned associations representing European key industrial research and innovation stakeholders, call on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to develop an ambitious next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9) as a strong support for EU industrial leadership.
Brussels and Tallinn, 18 July 2017 – Today, the EU ministers for competitiveness and telecoms meet in Tallinn to discuss the major pillars of the Digital Single Market, including enhanced connectivity, development of new services and business models as well as the free flow of data.
ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, welcomes the Estonian Presidency efforts in prioritising network deployment and service innovation in the data economy. Strong 5G networks and new services fuelled by data innovation are the essential enabler of increased European competitiveness, enhanced consumer experience and digital empowerment of a wide series of industrial convergent sectors – including automotive, healthcare and agriculture.
ETNO urges all EU policymakers to embrace high levels of ambition and ensure that all regulatory activities are streamlined towards the achievement of Europe’s overarching policy goals. Growth, social welfare, and better competitiveness will be only achieved through pro-investment and pro-innovation legal framework. ETNO is highly concerned that the ongoing EU legislative process will not deliver on these goals and instead will result in a backward step compared to the status quo.
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