Comment Neelie (Kroes)

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Comment Neelie
[...] 1. The Netherlands can participate in the development, application and dissemination of progressive IT and digitisation for the benefit of new, sustainable products and processes that bring prosperity to a quantitatively and qualitatively higher level for today's, but also tomorrow's, consumers around the world. This can give way to meaningful and high-quality employment. (With this I do not mean employment as a goal, but as a tool with a view to satisfying the needs of consumers). This program is only feasible with an interactive Europe. The discussion on the financial and monetary aspects of the crisis has diverted too much attention away from this innovative route to sustainable economic and social development. The implementation of the Digital Agenda is the vehicle for "creative destruction", this is what the Austrian economist, Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950), was talking about as a characterisation of what is happening in the world: demolishing the old and creating the new.