The Commission stressed that 2013 is set to be the busiest year for digital agenda

European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes underlinded that the top priorities for 2013 are to increase broadband investment and to maximise the digital sector's contribution to Europe's recovery. Cloud computing is also expected to accelerate through public sector buying power.

According to the European Commission, since the Digital Agenda was launched, 15 million Europeans have connected for the first time, and 68% of Europeans are now online regularly, with 170 million on social networks. In addition, broadband is available nearly everywhere in Europe, with 95% of Europeans having access to a fixed broadband connection.

Therefore, for 2013, the European Commission outlined seven new priorities for the digital economy and society. The European Commission's top priority is creating a new and stable broadband regulatory environment. A package of 10 actions will include recommendations on stronger non-discriminatory network access and new costing methodology for wholesale access to broadband networks, net neutrality, universal service, and mechanisms for reducing the civil engineering costs of broadband roll-out.

Among other priorities, the Commission proposes to set up new public digital service infrastructure to fast-track the roll-out of digital services (especially their cross-border interoperability), including eIDs and eSignatures, business mobility and electronic health records. eProcurement alone is expected to save €100 billion per year and eGovernment can reduce the costs of administration by 15-20%. Cloud computing is also expected to accelerate through public sector buying power.