Cybersecurity and e-governance in focus on the Eastern Partnership Ministerial meeting and conferences

Today’s e-Partnership Conference starts a series of events in Tallinn, Estonia dedicated to e-governance aimed at developing e-governance and enhancing cybersecurity in the EU’s Eastern partner countries. The second Eastern Partnership Ministerial meeting on the digital economy will take place tomorrow and the EU’s Ministerial e-Government Conference on Friday. Today’s e-Partnership Conference will bring together more than 150 experts and policy makers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine as well as the EU Member States. The participants will discuss how Eastern Partnership countries are using information and communications technology to increase the transparency of government processes. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, who will represent the Commission in Tallinn, said ahead of the events: “The EU continues to work closely with its Eastern partners in the digital area, focusing on promoting high-speed broadband internet to boost economies and expand e-services, creating more jobs in the digital industry and reducing roaming tariffs among the Eastern partner countries. Using digital solutions brings efficiency and transparency to governance and benefits to citizens.” On Thursday, during the second Eastern Partnership Ministerial meeting the Ministers will sign a declaration on digital economy between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries. The declaration is expected to include a commitment of all parties to deepen their cooperation in six priority topics: electronic communications and infrastructure, trust and security, eTrade, digital skills, ICT innovation, and startup ecosystems and eHealth. The working week will be closed on Friday with the EU’s Ministerial e-Government Conferencewhere EU and EFTA Ministers will discuss further measures to ensure successful digital transformation of governments. Read more here.