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EU launches 'digital agenda' for Western Balkans

It aims to help transition into a digital economy, says EU Commission

25.06.2018 - Update : 26.06.2018
EU launches 'digital agenda' for Western Balkans

By Muhammed Ali Gurtas


The European Commission has introduced a "digital agenda" for the Western Balkans on Monday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

This aims to support the transition of the region into a digital economy for a faster economic growth, more jobs, and better services, according to the commission's press release.

"The aim of the event is to ensure that the citizens of the Western Balkan region can fully reap the benefits of the fast-paced and inevitable digital transformation," Mariya Gabriel, commissioner for digital economy and society, said.

The agenda features commitments from the commission and six Western Balkan partners -- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia.

The aim is to invest in broadband connectivity, increase cybersecurity, promote the digitalization of industry and strengthen the digital economy and society by boosting research and innovation.

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