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

Source: Europa Nu.

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 471 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
10.01.2017  Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications.
Regulation com(2017)10
10.01.2017  "Building a European data economy".
Communication com(2017)9
10.01.2017  Free flow of data and emerging issues of the European data economy accompanying the document: Building a European data economy.
10.01.2017  Impact assessment to the proposed regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications - respect for private life and protection of personal data in electronic ...
10.01.2017  Executive summary of the impact assessment to the proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications: respect for private life and the protection of personal ...


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 63 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
15.06.2016  Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 as regards rules for wholesale roaming markets.
Regulation com(2016)399
02.02.2016  Use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union.
Decision com(2016)43
11.09.2013  Measures concerning the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent.
Regulation com(2013)627
10.07.2013  Participation of the Union in the Active and Assisted Living Research and Development Programme jointly undertaken by several Member States.
Decision com(2013)500
10.07.2013  ECSEL Joint Undertaking.
Regulation com(2013)501


Legislation in force

There are at least 27 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
11.04.2017  Extension of the entitlement to co-productions as provided for in Article 5 of the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement with Korea.
Decision com(2017)182
09.12.2015  Ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.
Regulation com(2015)627
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