President Juncker discusses future of EU with Heads of State and Government, and calls on Member States to turn commitments into action at Digital Summit
Commission President Juncker took part today in a Digital Summit in Tallinn, hosted by Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, after attending yesterday evening an informal dinner of Heads of State or Government.
The dinner discussions concentrated on the future of the EU, following the debate launched by the White Paper on the future of Europe and the way ahead outlined by the President in his State of the Union Address 2017. There was agreement that the future of Europe debate must continue. Presidents Juncker and Tusk will continue working together to present a roadmap for taking this debate forward.
Today's discussions focused on the digital economy and society. Leaders discussed the Commission's recent proposals for strengthening the EU's cybersecurity and setting out measures towards a fair taxation of the digital economy. Earlier this month, the Commission proposed a European Cybersecurity Agency to invest in our security online in the same way the European Border and Coast Guard invests in our security at the borders. This Agency will be in charge of running a European certification scheme which tells us that our connected devices are safe to use – just as EU labels tell us which food is safe to eat.
President Juncker said after the Summit: "This was the first Digital Summit, but it was not the first time the European Council had to deal with digital. We have had 10 European Council s where in the Conclusions we made reference to the digital agenda. This event in Tallinn is an important step forward."
The Juncker Commission came into office with a commitment to build a Digital Single Market. European leaders have repeatedly called for the completion of the Digital Single Market. President Juncker urged leaders once again today to turn these commitments into action. The Commission has put 24 legislative initiatives on the table since May 2015.
Concrete progress has been made on several of these initiatives: we have abolished roaming charges; we are connecting squares, town halls and parks to free Wi-fi internet; we are making sure citizens can access their online subscriptions to films and sport events when travelling; and we are making sure they can control the use of their personal data. However, despite this progress 18 proposals still need to be agreed. With only 18 months left to agree them in, time is of the essence.
President Juncker took the opportunity of last night's informal Leaders Dinner to update Heads of State and Government about the legislative proposals the Commission has already tabled since his 13 September State of the Union address, on trade, democracy, cybersecurity and a European industrial strategy. President Juncker also previewed the proposals to be adopted by the Commission before the end of this year, and his vision for a Roadmap to Sibiu (Romania), where a Summit will be held in March 2019 to begin the EU's new future with 27 Member States.
29 syyskuu 2017