E.U.’s Internet Scoreboard Doesn’t Tell the Story

Remember the Lisbon Strategy? That was the European Union’s grand plan, set out in March 2000, to make the bloc “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world” within a decade.Well, 2010 came and went, and Europe didn’t look much more competitive or dynamic than it had a decade earlier.So what did E.U. leaders do next? They drafted a new 10-year plan. The resulting Digital Agenda for Europe, adopted last year, contains 101 “actions” aimed at improving high-technology competitiveness.To demonstrate that it really means business this time, the European Commission published a “scoreboard” last week to measure progress toward the 2020 goals.

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