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The Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik participated in the traditional meeting entitled Digital Day

On Friday, 19 March 2021, the Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik participated in the traditional meeting entitled Digital Day, which is attended annually by EU ministers responsible for digitisation.

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Minister Koritnik participating video event Digital Day | Author Ministry of Public Administration

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the EU’s green and digital transformation, European data transitions and the standard of excellence for start-ups of the Union. Minister Koritnik participated in the panel on green and digital transformation of the European Union as a speaker.

 On the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience for Investment in Green Digital Transformation Koritnik said that Slovenia has designed a series of reforms that will enable faster digital transformation and highlight some of the most important. »We will facilitate the wider use of digital services to users. An important milestone in this respect is the introduction of a national e-identity, which is also recognised across borders. Secondly, digital transformation means not only technological change, but also different practices or other ways of resolving things. We will monitor the rules of the administrative procedure and reform internal business processes to take full advantage of the digital transition. Thirdly, digital transformation requires new knowledge of civil servants and users of services, which is why we will establish a national competence centre and provide basic and specialised training for the acquisition of digital skills,« said Koritnik.

 He further emphasised the importance of people’s trust in the use of various digital technologies, which was also demonstrated during the pandemic. »Technology such as Big Data, 5G, Internet of Things and, most importantly, Artificial Intelligence, can help solve the challenges and prepare the solutions we need,« Koritnik pointed out, adding that digital skills and knowledge are key to understanding artificial intelligence and its solutions. As he also said, that Slovenia is extremely proud that UNESCO has established the first International Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Ljubljana and pointed out that artificial intelligence will be one of exposed areas during Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

 On this occasion, minister Koritnik signed several declarations in the name of Slovenia: Declaration on Green and Digital Transformation of the European Union, Declaration of Members of the European Green and Digital Coalition – in support of the EU’s green and digital transformation, Declaration on a Standard of Excellence for start-ups of the European Union, Declaration on European Data Transitions.