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EU ministers open considerations to strengthen data regulation in the digital world

Today, Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investment and Informatization Richard Raši attended a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the European Union for Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE Council) in Brussels. The European Commission was represented by Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market. After the negotiations Slovakia, by signing the memorandum, had joined the countries that intend to further develop quantum communication infrastructure.

The main themes were privacy in electronic communications, the issue of human-centered data economy, building secure 5G networks, as well as the use of innovative technologies, especially AI, and related application of ethical principles.

“The most important item on the agenda was the debate on data economy and ethical use of data in the EU. It is still true in Europe that the economy needs to grow while maintaining data-based sustainable development. Together we are looking for ways to open private data to the public and the public sector, but also within the private sector. Even though the existing EU legislation already lays down opportunities for citizens and users to maintain control of their data, it is our aim is to have the same rules set up to apply for all. Moreover, if we find a balanced and fair way to open the data, we will stimulate our economy,” explained Deputy Prime Minister Raši.

The Ministers adopted Council conclusions on the importance of 5G networks for the European economy and on the need to reduce the associated security risks. “In the near future, 5G networks will connect a number of devices and systems in important sectors such as energy, transport, banking or healthcare.

These devices store sensitive information and support critical functions of the society. For this reason, it is extremely important that this infrastructure be built from the outset with respect to cyber security,” Richard Raši added.

The progress report on Regulation on electronic privacy, the so-called e-Privacy Regulation, was also adopted. “This is a complex and controversial proposal that has been under way for 3 years. Although the Member States support the e-Privacy objective (protection of personal data in the electronic communications sector), given the sensitivity and complexity of the whole Regulation, many legal and technical issues remain open (e.g. protection from child abuse, data storage, legal certainty of the entire Regulation, etc.). Also, Slovakia will not resist any redrafting of this proposal, should the issue be raised,” Raši added.

Following the TTE Council, Deputy Prime Minister Richard Raši joined the signing of a joint declaration by EU countries planning to further develop quantum communication infrastructure. Over the next twelve months, together with the other Member States, we will explore the possibilities of developing and deploying secure quantum communication infrastructure (EuroQCI) for the next ten years. Quantum technologies will be substantially funded by funds in the new programming period 2021-2027.

Joint declaration of EU countries on Quantum Communication Infrastructure

The signed declaration on behalf of Slovakia