EU is already the main development aid donor, giving 83 billion eur in 10 years. But only a small proportion of it (500 million) goes for digital developments
On 29 June, Vice-President Andrus Ansip held a Citizens' Dialogue in the Estonian National Opera House in Tallinn with an audience of around 300 people. The engaging debate revolved around the current condition of the EU, what has been accomplished so far and what the future EU will look like, the Digital Single Market and how it will affect Europeans, and Estonia's goals during its Presidency of the Council of the EU and how it will be rememberer.
Vice-President Ansip stressed the importance of deeply integrated cooperation between Member States, also on a regional level, in order to find common solutions, naming the Estonian-Finnish cooperation in implementing joint digital gateways in public services as an example. He also explained that cooperation between countries is essential for tackling cyber-crime.
Participants had questions regarding how to handle the EU's crises, such as the migration or the banking crisis, while others wanted to know how the Digital Single Market could affect the EU's economic growth. Another participant wanted to know how the success of Estonia's Presidency could be measured.
The event in Rotterdam was part of a series of Citizens' Dialogues that involve the whole European Commission and take place in all EU Member States.