7 June 2019, the EU Council of Ministers adopted Conclusions on the future of a
highly digitised Europe beyond 2020 entitled ‘Boosting digital and economic competitiveness across the Union
and digital cohesion’.
Conclusions highlight the importance of full coverage and widespread use of ultra-fast
broadband; the best way to achieve this is through ‘combined and coordinated
investments at EU level’. European policy must support innovation and foster European
key digital technologies.
rapid deployment of emerging digital technologies is considered to be of
paramount importance and the document therefore emphasises the need to further
develop ultra-fast digital infrastructure, including 5G; for example, by heavily
promoting such initiatives across the continent. The Conclusions also address
Europe’s cybersecurity capabilities, digital skills and the Gigabit Society.
Furthermore, artificial intelligence should follow the EU’s current path,
meaning that ethical principles and values need to be particularly taken into
document also recognises the importance of transparency, fairness,
accountability and responsibility in the use of algorithms, so that online
platforms can be operated transparently and predictably throughout the EU.
A political message
also stressed that no one should be left behind in the digital transformation. Therefore, gender equality must be taken into
account in all areas of digitalisation, including an increase in the number of women
in technology, and that all vulnerable groups can reap the benefits of digitalisation.
conclusions should be seen as a political message to the next leadership of the
European Commission. It refers to the key priorities it should address in order
to ensure a strong, competitive, innovative and ultimately highly digitised
Conclusions can be viewed here.