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Romania is becoming the main pole of European debate on digitization

The Ministry of Communications and Information Society is organizing under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on 1st of March 2019, at the Palace of Parliament, the Informal Meeting of EU Telecom Ministers (TTE Council Informal meeting), preceded by the Third Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy.

Alexandru Petrescu, minister of Communication and Information Society, will chair these both large-scale events in the digital field. The meetings are attended by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Single Market, EU Communications ministers, delegates of international financial institutions, representatives of the Information and Communication Technologies and civil society associations.

Informal Meeting of EU Telecom Ministers (TTE), on 1st of March, 2019 aims to launch a strategic and political debate on the future of a highly digitized Europe after 2020, addressing topics such as artificial intelligence and cyber security.

“Under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, in these days, Romania is becoming the main pole of European debate on digitization. For two days in Bucharest, together with my European counterparts and high level representatives of the Commission, we will have applied discussions on Europe’s digital future, about challenges and opportunities in meeting our common goal of increasing the competitiveness of the European economy, in line with ensuring the technological autonomy of the EU in terms of technology. We want Europe to become a global leader on all digital levels: 5G technology, artificial intelligence, cyber security, high-performance computing, Big Data”, stated Alexandru Petrescu, minister of Communications and Information Society.

Artificial intelligence, a topic of maximum interest with a special political and economic importance for Europe has been also included on the agenda of the meeting.

“Beyond the many applications in the economy of artificial intelligence, there are technological aspects that involve a continuous effort of innovation and research. In order to ensure a technologically rigorous discussion, to establish investment priorities and to prepare a robust regulatory framework, I consider appropriate to address the subject of artificial intelligence in our high level sectoral meetings”, stated minister Alexandru Petrescu.

The day before TTE, on 28th of February 2019, MCIS is also organizing the Third Ministerial Conference with the Eastern Partnership states. At the conference, EU ministers responsible for the digital economy will meet their counterparts from Armenia, Azerbaidjan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, as well as representatives of the regulatory authorities for electronic communications, research and education data networks, consortium EU4Digital projects to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the digital economy in the Eastern Partnership region.

On this occasion, MCSI organizes, in partnership with Romfilatelia, an exhibition with representative Romanian philatelic panels, which will be exhibited in front of the Hall of Constantin Stere, Palace of Parliament.

Background information:

Ministerial informal meetings are a regular practice for each Presidency of the Council of the European Union in order to to provide the appropriate framework for a common reflection and an exchange of views on topics of interest at European and international level.

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