In the context of Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Third Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy and the Informal Meeting of EU Telecom Ministers will take place between 28th of February and 1st of March 2019 in Bucharest, Parliament Palace.
The events will be chaired by Alexandru Petrescu, the Minister of Communications and Information Society.
The Informal Meeting of EU Telecom Ministers (TTE) will be attended by EU Telecom Ministers, high level European bodies representatives, as well as Andrus Ansip, European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission. The main topics of the agenda will focus on artificial intelligence and the Digital Single Market Strategy after 2020.
At the Third Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, from 28th of February, EU Ministers responsible for the digital economy and their representatives will meet with their counterparts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, and the agenda will focus on expanding the benefits of the Digital Single Market to Eastern European partners.
Informal Meeting of EU Telecom Ministers on 1st of March aims to launch a strategic and political debate on the future of a highly digitized Europe for Digital Single Market (DSM) post 2020 strategy to maximize its benefits and mitigating potential risks.
The current Digital Single Market Strategy (the “DSM Strategy”) was presented by the European Commission on 6th of May 2015. Its aim is to reduce barriers and provide more opportunities to do business across the EU in a legal, secure and accessible manner. The creation of a digital single market allows member states, businesses and citizens to innovate and take advantage of digitization.
At the same time, artificial intelligence (AI) has been proposed as a topic for discussion, with a political, strategic and economic importance for Europe, as it can generate major benefits such as treating diseases, reducing death rates in road accidents, combating climate change, minimizing the impact of agriculture on the environment, increasing Europe’s security, capacity, etc.
- The journalists’ access to the event is exclusively based on the accreditation which can be done by accessing the website of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union, at the link: https://accreditation.romania2019.eu/;
- Accreditation cards can only be issued from the Palace of Parliament – Accreditation Center for the Presidency of Romania at the Council of the European Union at the entrance of A3 / S2 (Bucharest, Izvor Street, 2-4);
- For issuance of accreditation badges, journalists must present valid accreditation and a valid identity card or passport.
- During the meeting, the Media Center will be operational at the Palace of Parliament (Bucharest, Izvor Street, no.2-4), entrance A3 / S2;
- Images of the activities will be provided by Romanian Television, the official broadcaster of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union;
- Journalists will have access to the Palace of Parliament on February 28, for the Digital Agenda activities at the level of the Eastern Partnership states, respectively 1st of March, for activities related to the telecommunication component of the TTE Council.
PRELIMINARY MEDIA PROGRAM
Thursday, 28th of February 2019 – Third Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy
14:00 Doorstep and hand shake – Photo / video opportunity
15:00 Opening remarks – The Political Priorities of the Romanian Presidency
- Alexandru Petrescu, Minister of Communications and Information Society, Romanian Presidency of the EU Council;
15:05 Extending the benefits of the Digital Dingle Market to Eastern European partners (moderated by Minister Alexandru Petrescu)
- Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, European Commission;
- Maria-Manuela Catrina, State Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Information Society, Romania;
17:40 Photo family Photo / video opportunity
Friday, 1st of March 2019 – Informal Meeting of the TTE Council – Telecommunication
9:30 – 10:00 Doorstep și handshake – Photo / video opportunity
10:00 – 10:10 Tour de table
12:50 – 13:00 Photo Family
13:00 -14: 00 Lunch
15:30 – 16:00 Press conference
For the smooth running of press activities, we are asking you to opt for a single media area, with the indication that there will be no possibility to move teams from one media area to another. You can send one team for each area.
These areas are:
– The doorstep area
– The handshake area
– The Tour de table area
Please communicate to us by 27th of February 2019, the area(s) you choose to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministerial informal meetings are a common practice of each Presidency of the Council of the European Union to provide the appropriate framework for a common reflection and exchange of views on issues of interest at European and international level.