Citizens' Dialogue in Munich
Highlights of the event
This time, the citizens from Germany had the occasion to discuss with the Vice-President Ansip at the ISPO Munich fair about the impact of the Digital Single Market on their day to day life, data protection and many other topics.
The abolition of roaming charges as from 2017 is the best example on how the citizens can best benefit from a Digital Single Market all over Europe. The digital technologies have no borders and it makes no longer sense for each country to have its own rules. A citizen from Estonia should be able to benefit from online services, such as medical E-prescriptions, while traveling abroad.
Regarding cross-border online shopping Vice-President Ansip noted that Europe should get rid of online geo-blocking as soon as possible.
The Vice-President is convinced that the impact of the Digital Single Market will have in total a positive impact on jobs. "Some jobs may be lost, but many other will be created." said Andrus Ansip.
The Vice-President feels that EU businesses, e.g. car manufacturers, have already a leading position in the digital world, but new pioneers need our support. He asked: "Why do our start-ups have to move to the US if they want to scale up?"
Vice-President Ansip felt that the Digital Single Market can do a lot to promote a healthy lifestyle: He said that gadgets/wearables can improve the lives not only of youngsters, but that they are also very useful for elderly people.
The Vice-President in charge of the Digital Single Market called also for fast decisions on the use of frequencies and on rules for data use. "Trust is a must. A key outcome of the new EU data protection rules is that they overcome the split into 28 different systems."
The event in Munich was part of a series of Citizens' Dialogues that involve all Members of the European Commission and take place in all EU Member States.