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 553 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
06.03.2024  Annual report on Regulation 2022/1925 on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector and amending Directives (EU) 2019/1937 and (EU) 2020/1828 (Digital Markets ...
Report com(2024)106
21.02.2024  WHITE PAPER How to master Europe's digital infrastructure needs?.
White paper com(2024)81
24.01.2024  Amendment of Regulation (EU) 2021/1173 as regards an EuroHPC initiative for start-ups to boost European leadership in trustworthy Artificial Intelligence.
Regulation com(2024)29
24.01.2024  Boosting startups and innovation in trustworthy artificial intelligence.
Communication com(2024)28
14.11.2023  Delegated acts of the Commission under Directive 2019/1024 on open data and the re-use of public sector information (‘Open Data Directive’).
Report com(2023)703


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 77 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
23.02.2023  Measures to reduce the cost of deploying gigabit electronic communications networks and repealing Directive 2014/61/EU (Gigabit Infrastructure Act).
Regulation com(2023)94
13.01.2023  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(2023)23
12.12.2022  Proposal for extension of the period of entitlement for audiovisual co-productions as in Article 5 Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement with ...
Decision com(2022)713
16.09.2022  Common framework for media services in the internal market (European Media Freedom Act).
Regulation com(2022)457
02.09.2022  Amendment of Decision (EU) 2015/2169 on the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement with Korea.
Decision com(2022)435


Legislation in force

There are at least 16 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
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
17.11.1993  Framework for Community Policy on Digital Video Broadcasting.
Council resolution com(1993)557