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The Council of the European Union has adopted the Conclusions on the future a highly digitalized Europe beyond 2020: “Boosting digital and economic competitiveness across the Union and digital cohesion.” It defines a route map to guide the European digital policy as of 2020.

The Conclusions place emphasis on specific areas to foster the consolidation of a competitive, innovative, safe and digitalized Europe. The Council indicates that new goals and challenges must be set for:

  • Supporting innovation;
  • Encouraging European key digital technologies;
  • Respecting ethical principles and values in artificial intelligence;
  • Strengthening Europe’s cyber-security capacity;
  • Improving e-skills;
  • Developing the gigabit society, including 5G;
  • Increasing gender equality in the sector; and
  • Enabling all groups to benefit from digitalization, including the potentially vulnerable.

The Conclusions extensively develop the use and corresponding restrictions of artificial intelligence technology. The Council stresses the capacity of this branch of science to improve efficiency and competitiveness in our economy by optimizing processes. It also stresses its ability to solve or at least alleviate the greater social challenges relating to health services, food safety and the climate.

The Romanian Minister for Communication and the Information Society and President of the Council, Alexandru Petrescu, recalled the need to be led by ethics and humanity when developing digital policy, including regulations on artificial intelligence, and warns of the importance of avoiding “any unnecessary red tape that would hamper innovation.”

The EU Council applauds the existence of the digital single market and considers that developing strategies to eliminate unfair barriers to encourage a defragmented market is key to safeguarding it. To get there, Members States and the competent European authorities must work together with the Council to assess the efficiency and consistency of the current regulatory framework.

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