During the governments visit to Brussels today, Estonia’s Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo met with the head of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Jerzy Buzek.
"It is extremely important that Europe’s economic growth continues. This cannot be achieved without modernising the industry through digitalisation and automation, developing science and improving cooperation. Therefore, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has more resources than ever before, a total of 35 million for training purposes, digitalisation and making scientific cooperation more efficient, "said Palo.
According to the Minister Digital Europe is the first priority of the Estonian Presidency, paying particular attention to the principles of the free movement of data. "Estonia considers the free movement of data as the fifth freedom of the European Union alongside people, capital, goods and services. Without the free movement of data, the European single market cannot function effectively. Commerce is becoming more and more digital, and the legal framework cannot get left behind."
She added that by the end of the Presidency, we want to achieve a common understanding in the European Union on enabling the development of 5G and by the end of 2018 we want to reach an agreement on all the files concerning the Digital Single Market.
The overall objective of ITRE is re-industrialisation. In doing so, the Commission will focus on four key areas: developing the European Union's legal and economic framework to enable innovation in the industrial sector, supporting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, establishing a Digital Single Market and developing a common energy policy.
The Estonian government in its entirety is visiting Brussels today, where a joint meeting was held with the European Commission as well as a plenary session. In addition to the leader and coordinator of ITRE, Minister Palo met in Brussels with the Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip. During the second half of 2017, Estonia will be presiding over the Council of the European Union for the first time.