(Source: EU Commission)
Today, as a follow-up to its Digital Decade Communication of 9 March, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the formulation of a set of principles to promote and uphold EU values in the digital space. Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, said: “A fair and secure digital environment that offers opportunities for all. That is our commitment. The digital principles will guide this European human-centred approach to digital and should be the reference for future action in all areas. That’s why we want to hear from EU citizens.” Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said: “This is Europe’s Digital Decade and everyone should be empowered to benefit from digital solutions to connect, explore, work and fulfil one’s ambitions, online as offline. We want to set together the digital principles on which a resilient digital economy and society will be built.” The consultation, open until 2 September, seeks to open a wide societal debate and gather views from citizens, non-governmental and civil society organisations, businesses, administrations and all interested parties. These principles will guide the EU and Member States in designing digital rules and regulations that deliver the benefits of digitalisation for all citizens. The contributions to the public consultation will feed into a proposal from the Commission for a joint inter-institutional declaration on Digital Principles of the European Parliament, the Council, and the Commission. The proposal is expected by the end of 2021. A press release is available online.