Digital Assembly 2018: Commission launches Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans

Today at the Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, the European Commission and six Western Balkan partners will launch together Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans. The programme aims to support the transition of the region into a digital economy and bring benefits of the digital transformation to its citizens, such as faster economic growth, more jobs, and better services.

Specifically, the Digital Agenda commits the participating states to invest more in broadband connectivity; increase cybersecurity, trust and digitisation of industry; strengthen the digital economy and society; and boost research and innovation.

On this occasion, at 13:40 (CEST), Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will also deliver a keynote speech, at the launching event with Ministers from the six Western Balkans partners (webstreamedhere).

The Digital Agenda builds on the informal EU-Western Balkans summit from 17 May 2018 in Sofia, where leaders of the European Union and the Western Balkan partners committed to boosting the digital connectivity in the region.

More information on the Digital Agenda can be found in the press release and in a factsheet.  (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)