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Second Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy took place in Tallinn

18/10/2017 - 17:18
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On the 5th October 2017, the second Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy took place in Tallinn, co-chaired by the Estonian presidency of the EU and Vice-President Ansip of the European Commission. At the Ministerial, a declaration on digital Economy between the EU and the 6 Eastern Partnership Countries was adopted.

In Tallinn, EU Ministers responsible for the Digital Economy and their representatives met their counterparts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to discuss progress in their digital cooperation since their first meeting in June 2015, as well as the challenges and opportunities of the digital economy in the Eastern Partnership. The Presidency and the Commission emphasized the importance of Digital Economy as a key element of the Eastern Partnership policy and stressed the need to work towards Harmonisation of Digital Markets (HDM) and cybersecurity among the EaP partners and with the EU. The Ministers adopted a declaration committing all parties to deepen their cooperation in six areas: electronic communications and infrastructure, trust and security, eTrade, digital skills, ICT innovation, start-up ecosystems and eHealth, including specific targets for 2020 aimed at concrete benefits for citizens and businesses.

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