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

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Friday, October 30, 2020

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 507 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
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
19.02.2020  Implementation, functioning and effectiveness of the .eu Top-Level Domain from April 2017 to April 2019.
Report com(2020)63
19.02.2020  European strategy for data.
Communication com(2020)66
19.02.2020  WHITE PAPER On Artificial Intelligence - A European approach to excellence and trust.


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 75 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
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
27.04.2018  Implementation and functioning of the .eu Top Level Domain name.
Regulation com(2018)231
26.04.2018  Promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services.
Regulation com(2018)238
25.04.2018  Re-use of public sector information (recast).
Directive com(2018)234
11.01.2018  Establishing the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking.
Regulation com(2018)8


Legislation in force

There are at least 25 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