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EU ministers discussed the free movement of data in the single European market
Minister Simson meeting with the EU's competitivness ministers. Photo: EU2017EE
Today in Tallinn, European Union's Competitiveness and Information Technology Ministers discussed how to better exploit the potential of the European single market through the free movement of data.
"The digital solutions that we use daily in our home countries, for example to communicate with public authorities, should also be available in other countries. I've invited my colleagues to think about how to improve the user experience of the single market for both citizens and enterprises," Kadri Simson, the Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure said.
The free movement of data to authorities in other countries would mean, for example, that an architect would not need to apply for a business permit to design a house in another Member State. Data already submitted in one member state and verified by the authorities could be made available digitally to the competent authority in another country, which could then immediately identify which qualifications and rights the person had.
"Stimulating the cross-border provision of services has a positive effect on the economy as a whole. It supports the establishment and expansion of businesses and the creation of jobs, and gives consumers more choice at more affordable prices," Simson explained.
The main objective of the Competitiveness Ministers is to identify obstacles that limit the free movement of data and find ways to move forward.
"For many European countries, the problem is how to create a clear and common legal framework for an EU-wide data economy," Simson said.
Estonia aims to agree on a general approach for the introduction of e-services during its presidency.
European telecommunications ministers agreed on a joint roadmap for the development of 5G networks. The roadmap constitutes a common understanding on the harmonisation of 5G spectrum bands and their allocation to telecommunications operators. 5G networks will allow both people and devices to communicate with more data and less time in the future.
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Today, 4 December the last meeting of the Telecoms Council under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will be held in Brussels. Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and IT Urve Palo will chair the sitting of telecommunications ministers to discuss free flow of data and The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) among other topics.