ICT research and innovation must moreover be put at the service of tackling our long-run challenges in the areas of health, energy and transport. Only then will we be able to innovate faster in vertical markets. Only then will public authorities be able to modernise services responding to challenges such as ageing populations, rising energy costs, or congested transport systems.
Let me give you an example: the development of an electronic identity management infrastructure, as a basis for trustworthy services in e-government and e-commerce. Think of the difference this would make for business efficiency and citizen-friendly services. Think what it would mean to overcome today's fragmentation, closed solutions, lack of interoperability, lack of legal transparency and limited market scale.
A background of the talk is the problems faced in the ICT sector due to the financial crisis, it looks like some help packages are beeing prepared but are sought to be tight to solving actual market problems such as lack of openness and interoperability.