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Minister of Public Administration at informal meeting of EU Member States' telecom and digitization ministers

Today, the Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik attended an informal meeting of ministers of EU Member States responsible for telecommunications and digitalisation. The meeting took the form of a video conference.

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Informal meeting of ministers of EU Member States responsible for telecommunications and digitalisation. The meeting took the form of a video conference. | Author The Ministry of Pubic Administration

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Ministers devoted the meeting to exchanging views on artificial intelligence, the data economy and the Digital Services Act. Minister Koritnik emphasized that Slovenia is aware of the exceptional importance of artificial intelligence, which is reflected in decades of active research and higher education in this field, and with the headquarters of the Global Center for Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) under the auspices of UNESCO in Ljubljana. He added that Slovenia welcomes the goals and purpose of the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - a European approach to excellence and trust, which together with the European data strategy represents key EU guidelines to support the development and introduction of artificial intelligence in the future.

The ministers also touched on the Digital Services Act. It will build on European rules on accountability and security for digital platforms, services and products, which will ensure the functioning of the digital single market. It will provide consumers with better access to digital content and digital services and make it easier for businesses to deliver that content and services. They also discussed how to create conditions conducive to fair competition for online platforms and the media sector, while protecting an open and secure online space and allowing the Internet to continue to be a key driver for innovation, economic growth, democratic discourse and social progress.

At the meeting, ministers agreed on the signing of a Joint Declaration on Cloud Services and Building the Next Generation of Clouds for Businesses and the Public Sector in the EU, which identifies national and private investment in mobile technologies, including the use of available EU funds, and promotes a coordinated industry response.

It is about defining a common EU approach to cloud services, including policy rules, technical solutions and a single pan-European market. The declaration promotes the use of cloud services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and public administration. The expected result of the declaration is the next generation of cloud services in the EU, which will address the needs of industrial data and the public interest. The Republic of Slovenia supports the declaration and will sign it.