The Council of the EU


David Musleh

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1.- Digital Single Market

In 2015, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has contributed to the establishment of the EU Digital Single Market. During the Presidency, the most essential prerequisites for releasing and utilising the potential of digital economy were identified, as were priority measures to remove obstacles for creating a fully-functioning Digital Single Market.

Among the EU, Latvia ranks 19 in the Digital Economy and Society Index and is therefore part of the group of countries that are catching up. While the availability of fixed broadband is ranked slightly under the average by 93% of households (97% in the EU), there is an immense gap within the countryside. Just 55% of households in rural areas have access to broadband connections (91% of European households). Nevertheless, Latvia has reached 95% of the EU goal for spectrum to be harmonised for use in mobile Broadband. In the EU as a whole 69% of the goal has been reached. Therefore, the national broadband plan of Latvia meets the high-speed internet coverage targets of the DAE for 2020. Through the project ‘Development of next generation electronic communications networks in rural areas’ broadband coverage will be ensured for the entire Latvian territory. Latvia’s national broadband strategy was adopted in 2013 and remains valid until 2020. Latvia has one of Europe’s most extensive FTTX-networks and is willing to extend this network to provide nation-wide high...