The second Eastern Partnership (EaP) Ministerial meeting on Digital Economy is being held in Tallinn on 5 October 2017. Digital solutions are of vital importance to social development and create growth and jobs in all areas of the economy from the smallest, most traditional manufacturers to newly emerging high-tech industries.
One of the top priorities of the European Commission is to make the digital single market (DSM) a reality in the coming years. Doing so will boost the economy of the EU and create new jobs. It is in the clear interest of the EU and the EaP partner countries to cooperate closely in digital matters so that the 70 million consumers in the EaP partner countries could also benefit from the potential of DSM.
The aim of this ministerial meeting is to reflect upon the progress made since the signing of the declaration of the first EaP Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy in 2015 and to discuss future plans for 2020. These include concrete targets and deliverables that would impact the lives of citizens and the competitiveness of businesses. During the conference a declaration is also being adopted that provides the necessary political momentum for digital cooperation and a strong message for the November 2017 Eastern Partnership summit.
The meeting is hosted by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and co-chaired by the European Commission.
Registration and coffee
Policy priorities of the Estonian Presidency – opening
- Urve Palo, Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU
Extending the benefits of the Digital Single Market to the eastern European partners (moderated by Minister Urve Palo)
- Andrus Ansip, Vice President for the Digital Single Market, European Commission
- Interventions from the participants (3 minutes each) on the main challenges and opportunities associated with extending the benefits of the DSM to the eastern European partners. Interventions are expected from the ministerial delegates from partner countries and EU member states, followed by Lawrence Meredith (Director, DG NEAR, European Commission), delegates from International Financial Institutions, ICT associations and the Civil Society Forum. Priority will be given to interventions from ministerial delegates.
Oral approval of the Ministerial Declaration (no signatures) - Group photo
Joint Building of the Ministries
Joint Building of the Ministries, Suur-Ameerika 1, 10129 Tallinn, Estonia