The Digital Single Market should contribute to promoting and securing international competitiveness in the long term by creating a connected digital single market in Europe, according to the European Commission’s objective. According to the rapporteur, local and regional authorities are prioritising: modern e-government services for the economy and society, minimising the “digital divide” through a comprehensive expansion of the broadband network, development of digital literacy and promoting an environment which creates better development prospects for digitally-based SMEs and start-ups. Whilst broadly welcoming the Commission proposals, Kuhn-Theis regrets that the Commission communication only scratches the surface when it comes to “the sharing economy”. Turning to the development of digital skills, she highlights the local and regional authorities are responsible for schools and educational institutions in many cases and therefore have a key long-term role to play.


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