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Assertion on Digital Rights and Ideas: Placing EU values ​​and residents on the coronary heart of the digital transition

Interinstitutional declaration on digital rights and principles for the digital decade: Member States, Parliament and Commission have concluded negotiations on EU values ​​in the digital world.

The Member States, the European Parliament and the Commission have negotiated it european declaration on digital rights and principles for the digital decade. The statement aims to European values ​​in the context of digital transformationby putting citizens at the heart of the process and ensuring that all citizens, businesses and society at large benefit from digital technologies.


Ivan Bartoš, Czech Deputy Prime Minister for Digital Transformation and Minister for Regional Development

This declaration describes a European path for the digital transformation of our societies and economies. It is imperative to promote and protect our values ​​in the digital environment, be it in relation to privacy, individual control over data, equal access to services and education, fair and just working conditions, participation in public space or freedom of choice. I also hope that the declaration will set standards internationally and inspire other countries and organizations to follow our example.

Ivan Bartoš, Czech Deputy Prime Minister for Digital Transformation and Minister for Regional Development

The EU’s approach to the digital transformation of our societies and our economy includes in particular the digital sovereignty openly showing respect fundamental rightsRule of law and democracy, inclusion, accessibility, equality, sustainability and respect for the rights and aspirations of all.

The text reminds you of all relevant rights in the context of digital transformation and is intended to serve as a guide a notice Businesses and other stakeholders developing and deploying new technologies. The statement should also guide policymakers as they reflect on their vision for digital transformation: Placement citizen at heart the digital transition; supporting solidarity and inclusion, ensuring connectivity, Education, training and digital skills, as well as access to online digital services. The statement emphasizes the importance of freedom of choice in interactions with algorithms and systems of artificial intelligence and a fair digital environment. It also calls for a strengthening of security and the security in the digital environment, especially for children and young people. Member States, Parliament and the Commission also commit to supporting the development and use of sustainable technologies.

Next Steps

The result of today’s negotiations must now be approved by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission. On the Council side, the Czech Presidency intends to present the agreement to the representatives of the Member States (Coreper) as soon as possible with a view to signing it by the three co-signatory institutions at the December European Council.

context

In their communication dated March 9, 2021 entitled “A digital compass for 2030: Europe in the digital decade”, the Commission presented the vision for a digital transformation of Europe by 2030 in line with European values. The EU aims to be digitally sovereign in an open and connected world, embracing empowered citizens and innovative companies in a people-centred, inclusive, prosperous and sustainable digital society.

In his Statement of March 25, 2021, The European Council stressed the importance of digital transformation for the growth, prosperity, security and competitiveness of the EU and for the well-being of our societies. He identified Digital Compass Communication as an important step in mapping Europe’s digital development for the next decade. He calls on the Commission to use all available instruments in the field of industrial, trade and competition policy. In light of these ambitions and challenges, on 26 January 2022 the Commission proposed a European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles for the digital decade as announced on March 9, 2021.

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