A summary of the Committee’s consideration of the draft report is now available.
Over 2’000 makers, start-ups, inventors, European top policy makers, business leaders, high school teachers and children meet in a unique fair to discover and debate what the Town of the Future will look like. Building on the success of the 2016 and 2017 editions, Makerstown is back in 2018 bigger, better, and more daring. Makerstown shakes up Brussels by showcasing the Town of the Future and what needs to be done in terms of policy, private investment and education to ensure the Town of the Future can become a reality.
Digital technologies have changed the way we live and transformed the world around us at unprecedented speed. They have affected all important aspects of life, both at work and at home, and have influenced almost everything from human relations to the economy, to the extent that access to the internet has now become a basic human right recognised by the United Nations. This profound change presents both opportunities and threats to our society. Citizens need specific skills and access to be able to meaningfully take part in society and work. European businesses need an adequate policy framework and infrastructure to capture the enormous value created by the digital economy. Supporting innovation, removing barriers in the digital single market, and effectively managing and using data are the necessary tools to assist them and boost economic growth in Europe. The European Union takes an active part in shaping the digital economy and society, with cross policy initiatives that range from boosting investment, through reforms of copyright and e privacy, to removal of geo-blocking and development of e-government. This multifaceted approach is necessary to facilitate adaptation to complex new realities.
The Commission is proposing new rules to make it easier and faster for police and judicial authorities to obtain the electronic evidence, such as e-mails or documents located on the cloud, they need to investigate, prosecute and convict criminals and terrorists.
Examination of the Presidency text.
School curricula across the EU should focus on developing the digital and entrepreneurial skills of young Europeans to prepare them for life and work in thе digital age. This would help them not only find jobs, but also use technology for their own well-being and civic participation.
Tomorrow the Commission will bring ministers, representatives of EU countries, industry, academia and civil society representatives together to encourage cooperation in artificial intelligence, blockchain, eHealth and innovation.