I think only few people need the complete data for the areas covered in these huge files. Actually the region I'm interested in is split in two files, so this means 10 gigabytes of data, from which I will maybe use 100 mb or less.
Furthermore I would like to state, that the presentation of the download section ( http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/eu-dem ) is not really helpful for finding out which zip to download. I have the impression that as little helpful informations were provided as possible.
Luckily, I found this link ( http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/[…]/eu_dem_laea ) which at least uses a map to indicate which download could be the right one. But actually this map isn't even linked in the download section.
There are still people living in Europe with a slow internet connection and normal computer hardware. You could really help them by providing smaller downloads or even offer them as torrents to distribute the data much more effictiently.
Also from the ecological viewpoint this would make sense, cause the current approach is a tremendous waste of energy (server load, computer online time).
A more user-friendly page design (a little more information?) would be much appreciated as well.
Though I think my wise words will end up unheard anyway, I can tell my grandchildren later that at least I tried ...