Vice-President Andrus Ansip launched Going Local 2015 with a visit to Sofia which took place on 20 and 21 April. The visit was an opportunity to present and discuss widely the forthcoming proposal of the Commission on the Digital Single Market.
Together with Gergana Passy, Bulgaria's Digital Champion, Vice-President Ansip debated the future of Europe and the benefits of a Digital Single Market with citzens at a Citizens' Dialogue. The end of roaming, the economic stimulus possibilities of a digital Europe, e-government, copyright/geo-blocking, digital skills, media freedom and e-voting were amongst the main themes discussed. In a survey, 83.3% of the participants agreed that improvement of digital skills should become a priority of education, and 95% said that politicians should talk to citizens more often.
Vice-President Ansip also spoke at the opening of the WebIT Congress for Central and Eastern Europe which is the largest gathering of IT companies and entrepreneurs from the region.
At a conference on e-government, organised by the Bulgarian Association on Information Technologies (BAIT) with members of the Bulgarian government and the parliament, Vice-President Ansip elaborated on the economic and social benefits that digital services bring to citizens and businesses. He also stressed on the political determination and commitment of the Bulgarian government to complete its e-Government programme.
Vice-President Ansip also met with Rossen Plevnelieve-the Bulgarian President, Bojko Borissow-the Bulgarian Prime-Minister and Ivaylo Moskovski-the Minister of Transport and Information Technologies and Communication.