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Europe’s future looks increasingly digital

Several declarations were signed to prove this, as part of the commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Brussels wants to immediately ensure a digital future for the European Union, starting with areas such as employment, industry, autonomous cars or even computers.

Several declarations have been signed this month that support the commitment to put Europe at the forefront of digital transformation.

Digital Day was organized as part of celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and places several proposals to policymakers. Here are some of them:

Digital Opportunities: a cross-border pilot project established by the Commission. A program for up to 6000 graduate students in 2018/2020 in order to ascertain the interest of students and companies in paid internships with a duration of 5-6 months. They are aimed at areas such as cyber-security, ‘big data’, artificial intelligence, digital marketing and software development.

Declaration on Europe’s role as a protagonist in high-performance computing: creating the next generation of computing and data infrastructure. A European project that will provide 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals with a virtual environment for the storing, sharing and reuse of data.

Digitalization of industry: a European platform for the digitalization of industry will be launched to generate joint investment, learning and co-operation among all. The aim is also to ensure that European companies are at the forefront of clean technologies.

Updated framework of digital public services: this is the latest initiative to be announced as part of the Strategy for the Digital Single Market. The new framework will allow the administrations of all Member States to have a common approach, established in advance, when providing their online public services and dealing with safety rules and data protection that will result in a substantial reduction of risks and development costs.

All of these proposals are an integral part of the Strategy for the Digital Single Market, launched in May 2015 by the European Commission.