Poland initiates letter of 17 EU leaders to the President of the European Council

On Wednesday (21 June), Prime Minister Beata Szydło along with 16 other leaders of the European Union (EU) countries sent a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, pointing out the need to increase visibility of broadly understood digital issues at the highest EU political level.

Digital Single Market Strategy

The context of the letter are further works on the Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy published in 2015. In the opinion of the signatories of the letter, the review of this strategy announced in May 2017 is a good opportunity to assess its current results and to consider ways to accelerate the works by giving it adequate priority in the political agenda of the EU members.

As leaders of the EU states underline, the cumulated effect of the Digital Single Market is crucial for the future of the European society, economy and the European Union itself. A fully-developed Digital Single Market means also many benefits for EU citizens, as well as for EU enterprises.

According to the authors of the letter, it is necessary to achieve a broad political consensus in order to complete the DSM development in Europe as quickly as possible. It can be achieved, among others, by removing further barriers on EU markets, as well as by addressing ambitious challenges of the digital market, which go beyond possibilities of an individual country.

Signatories of the letter

The letter initiated by Prime Minister Beata Szydło was signed by the leaders of:

  • Belgium,
  • Czech Republic,
  • Denmark,
  • Estonia,
  • Finland,
  • Netherlands,
  • Ireland,
  • Luxembourg,
  • Latvia,
  • Portugal,
  • Slovakia,
  • Slovenia,
  • Sweden,
  • Hungary,
  • United Kingdom,
  • Lithuania.

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