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Today, 23 March, in Rome on Digital Day. The future is digital


The Digital Day is part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and puts the spotlight on the digital future of Europe. Technologies, products and digital services today improve people's lives, reinventing the way we do business and stimulate economic growth. But the obstacles in terms of 

online trade mean that citizens can not use all the possibilities related to goods and services, which companies and online startups see reduced its operating horizons and that businesses and governments can not benefit fully digital tools.

In this context, in May 2015, the Commission launched its strategy for the single digital market and has made its proposals. Attentio

n must now be paid to the implementation of the proposals, starting with the adoption by the European Parliament and the Council before moving to the implementation by Member States.

In May 2017, the Commission will present its mid-term review of the Strategy on the digital single market to take stock of the situation and identify what remains to be done. It will be accompanied by the report on the progress made for digitization in Europe, which will provide a thorough assessment of how the EU and Member States are advancing in their digital development and identify potential measures to help improve national performance in the digital field.

The Digital Day which is held today in Rome, aims to strengthen cooperation between the EU Member States to better prepare our society and industry to reap the full benefits of digital transformation. Precisely for this reason, today, along with other initiatives aimed at cross-border future, they will launch a European platform that combines national initiatives to help European industry to digitalizzarsi, adapt and innovate.

Andrus Ansip, Vice President responsible for the Digital Single Market, said: "For over 60 years, European countries have collaborated to reap the economic benefits of larger markets and better integrated, work to ensure that these advantages arrived citizens. Today it to digital. Centuries ago it was said that all roads led to Rome, but the digital highways of the future will link to each other every person, every object and every place. With the digital Day we want to make digital a real positive project: in policies and laws, the economy, in society and in the lives of all Europeans. "

Supercomputers - high performance computing (HPC): supercomputers bring thousands of parallel processors to analyze large amounts of data in real time. Allow to develop and simulate the effects of new drugs, getting to faster diagnoses and provide better care, to control epidemics and to make better decisions regarding electricity, water supply, urban planning and other sectors.

The ministers will commit to deliver the next generation of IT infrastructure and data processing: a European project comparable to Airbus in the nineties and to Galileo in the first decade of this century. This infrastructure will also support the European Cloud for the science that will offer one million seven hundred thousand researchers and seventy million of science professionals and a virtual environment technology in Europe in which to store, share and reuse going beyond data sectoral and national borders barriers.

The initiative for the digital opportunity: despite high levels of youth unemployment are two million jobs not covered in Europe. In many countries there is a mismatch between the skills of job seekers and the needs of the market. Today the majority of jobs require e-skills: 40% of enterprises, especially small and medium, it needs IT specialists who have difficulty in finding. More than half of IT specialists working in other sectors. The social partners, businesses, educational institutions and civil society must take the initiative and join forces. To explore concrete options, the Commission plans to launch a pilot project to provide cross-border work experience based on existing EU programs and networks, such as the Coalition for digital skills and occupations, to a maximum of 6000 graduates in the period 2018-2020 . The goal is to verify the interest of students and businesses paid for 5-6 months training which will be open to students from all disciplines. The internships may work in specialized fields such as cyber security, big data, quantum technology and artificial intelligence, and in more general areas such as web design, digital marketing and software development.

Cooperation on connected and automated mobility: many European countries will sign a letter of intent to establish, together with the Commission, a legal framework for cross-border trials with vehicles connected, on the basis of harmonized rules on access to information, accountability and connectivity . So we will continue the EU's plans announced in the European Commission's strategy to build a European data economy, in January 2017, and the European strategy for the cooperative mobility, connected and automated, in November 2016. The letter of intent is the first Member States' initiative of cross-border cooperation in the connected and automated mobility. The Commission will support these efforts with concrete measures in favor of cross-border corridors.

The European digitization platform to link national initiatives: a year ago, the Commission presented a strategy to ensure that all businesses in Europe, from factories to start-up, can have all the advantages of digital innovation to improve their products, improve processes and adapt their business models to the digital change. Commissioner Günther Oettinger and the Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda will launch a European platform of national initiatives - 12 existing and future 9 - for the digitization, along with ministers, state secretaries and participating industry leaders. Thus it seeks to generate public investment, promote cooperation between different countries and industrial sectors and learn from each other, because no Member State can achieve this alone. The platform will also contribute to the pooling of resources and joint investments to place the cutting edge of clean technology European companies. Over the next five years Member States, the EU and industry provide total investments of over 50 billion euro to support the digitization of European industry.