EU telecoms ministers discuss the promotion of digitalisation
The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union held an informal video meeting of telecommunications ministers on 5 June. At the meeting, Finland was represented by Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka.
The telecommunications ministers discussed the EU's priorities for the digital sector in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Digitalisation has played an important role during the coronavirus pandemic and it will also have a prominent role in the recovery process. We have taken a great leap towards digitalisation, learned new skills and changed our attitudes. We are now more prepared to move to the digital era, says Minister Harakka.
- Skills must be developed continuously and we need broad-based training. Finland showed example during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union by providing each EU country a basic course in artificial intelligence in the user's mother tongue, says Minister Harakka.
Minister Harakka considers it of central importance that we have legislation that enables to promote digitalisation, data and artificial intelligence.
- The regulatory environment must facilitate innovation and support new operating models. The digital business of companies should be developed, and that is why we consider the Commission's legislative proposal on digital services important, says Minister Harakka.
Access to data and functioning communications networks play a key role.
- The access and interoperability of data between different sectors should be increased. This will create new businesses and new services for citizens, says Minister Harakka.
- The introduction of 5G networks is more important than ever. This summer, Finland will auction more 5G frequencies, Harakka says.
Johanna Juselius, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 372 7062