Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT)

This Directorate-General supports the development and use of information and communication technologies. The DG focuses on the accessability of ICT applications on a broad scale in order for European citizens to benefit fully from ICT. Also, the use of ICT must improve the competitiveness of the EU and stimulate economic growth.

The DG has the following tasks:

  • to increase the level of competitiveness and innovation by use of and research into ICT applications
  • to define and implement rules to increase the development of information, communication and audiovisual technology applications
  • increase the availability of ICT based services, especially those that have the most effect for the quality of life of citizens
  • support the contentindustry (such as film and music industry) in order to strengthen the visibility of the cultural diversity in Europe
  • to represent the European Commission at international meetings about the media and information society and to stimulate the international cooperation of ICT-research and development

DG Connect conceives and implements the policies required to create a Digital Single Market for more growth and jobs, where citizens, businesses, and public administrations can seamlessly and fairly access and provide digital goods, content and services.

DG Connect foster a modern, secure, open, and pluralistic society building on Europe's cultural diversity, creativity and respect of creators' rights and their values such as democracy, freedom of expression and tolerance.

They help drive the digital transformation of European industry and public servicesthrough the use of innovative digital technology and support for the development of digital skills.

They strive to develop a long-term vision investing in potential technology breakthroughs and flagships, which can improve peoples' lives and to increase the competitiveness of the European economy at large and its key sectors.

They live their values as a creative, responsible and result-oriented European Union public service. The DG works on the best available evidence, and they cooperate closely with their stakeholders, their international partners and other EU institutions. They seek value for the taxpayer's money in all they do.



Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 530 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
15.09.2021  2030 Policy Programme “Path to the Digital Decade”.
Decision com(2021)574
08.07.2021  Mental Health in the Digital World of Work.
04.06.2021  Guidance on Article 17 of Directive 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Communication com(2021)288
03.06.2021  Evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS).
Report com(2021)290
03.06.2021  Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 as regards establishing a framework for a European Digital Identity.
Regulation com(2021)281


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 69 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
18.09.2020  Establishing the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking.
Regulation com(2020)569
10.09.2020  Derogation from directive on use of technologies by number-independent interpersonal communications service providers for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse ...
Regulation com(2020)568
05.03.2020  Extension of the entitlement for co-productions as provided for in Article 5 of the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement with Korea.
Decision com(2020)92
12.09.2018  European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and National Coordination Centres - Contribution to the Leaders’ meeting, September 2018.
Regulation com(2018)630
06.06.2018  Digital Europe programme for the period 2021-2027.
Regulation com(2018)434


Legislation in force

There are at least 26 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
26.04.2016  Conclusion of the Agreement continuing the International Science and Technology Center between the EU and Euratom and nine third countries.
Decision join(2016)19
02.08.2012  EU Position for the review of the International Telecommunications Regulations.
Decision com(2012)430
28.05.2004  .
Decision sec(2004)661
24.05.2000  Multiannual Community programme to stimulate the development and use of European digital content on the global networks and to promote linguistic diversity in the ...
Decision com(2000)323
23.11.1994  Further development mobile and personal communications in the EU.
Council resolution com(1994)492