Europe launched this Tuesday in Finland an initiative to drive digital transformation in the European Union (EU), joining forces of cities, communities and citizens. The aim is to secure EU technology leadership and “extend digital solutions so that at least 300 million Europeans can enjoy a better quality of life by 2025”.
The mission is present on the initiative's website, which calls for the signing of the "Join, Boost, Sustain" Declaration, which explains the strategies to reach this goal and the reason behind this initiative: to reduce the “digital divide” and “reduce inequalities for stronger territorial cohesion ”.
Betting on commonly agreed digital solutions in regions, cities and communities, the proposal refers to solutions for smart urban mobility, energy efficiency, sustainable housing, digital public services and civic governance. “For the public to trust these systems, data must be used responsibly across digital platforms and their quality, security and privacy must be guaranteed,” the statement reads.
To achieve this objective, the initiative encourages all representatives of a public administration at local, regional, national or European level to sign the declaration. The initiative comes from Eurocities, Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), The European Network Of Living Labs, The European Commission and The European Committee Of The Regions.