The competitiveness council has adopted at its meeting on 2 and 3 march conclusions setting out measures to eliminate existing barriers in the internal market and to ensure a smooth transition and prompt response to the digital era. Stresses the need to go in a open administration by raising the level of electronic administration and interoperability, with a safe and so that information be presented to the administration only once, while protecting personal data.
According to collect the relevant press release, the president of the meeting, Dana Reizniece-Ozola, minister of economy of latvia, has underlined: "there is no time to lose if Europe wants to lead the digital revolution and improve competitiveness. This requires a series of key actions, as the removal of artificial barriers that inhibit our businesses and citizens benefit from the single market fully and equally. It is also essential to create the foundations of a solid framework for investment. Both requirements are consistent with the spirit and the central focus of the latvian Presidency: to make europe competitive digital".
In the administration is concerned, those conclusions provides, inter alia:
- The need to go in a open administration by raising the level of e-administration and the interoperability of different systems of electronic administration of all member states and increasing efforts to implement at eu level safe and secure approach to that information be presented to the administration only once, while protecting personal data.
- That the full and efficient exploitation of tools and services such as cloud, macrodatos (big data), encryption, the Internet of things and data from free access can push for greater productivity and better services and that consequently, it should facilitate solutions, including through market-driven, research and development and the promotion of training and capacity-building measures, together with increased standardization and interoperability of ict.
- The regulatory framework and related activities must be "default digital" to ensure that any new legislation will be suitable for the digital age and address all possible ways in which digital solutions can reduce the burdens for citizens and businesses.
- Promote, where appropriate, the position of european standards as a point of reference established for facilitating the implementation of eu legislation, including new areas such as the single digital market, business services, the new technologies and punta, as well as electronic policies (e-procurement and electronic administration), and they can also influence and advancing the international trade and our interests with international partners.
- The continued need for the latest standards and of high quality. The importance of equitable conditions, reasonable and non-discriminatory rules for the licensing of standard basic patents, and the need to streamline the activities of international standardization and the eu.
The ministers have also changed perceptions on how europe can best support and accelerate the transition towards an economy based on data, through research, networking and with huge amount of data, in the context of the Digital Agenda for europe. In this area, among other things, this raises the creation of enabling data infrastructures, guarantee interoperability and open access to data, including the administration.