On 5 September, the EU launched a new programme to support the digital economy and society in Belarus. The programme, EU4Digital, also covers other countries in the Eastern Neighbourhood region.
The programme was launched at a conference in the country’s capital of Minsk, an event supported by the EU, in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus.
The aim of the conference was to bring together key Belarusian stakeholders and present the EU4Digital project as a flagship initiative, channelling a broad range of actions in support of the digital economy and society in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine).
Berend de Groot, Chargé d'affaires of the European Union Delegation, said that ‘EU4Digital offers attractive opportunities for Belarus to seek better harmonisation with the EU digital markets. The project aims to benefit Belarusian citizens through better communication, and improved access to e-services and online commerce.’
The EU4Digital programme supports national governments, regulatory bodies and agencies active in the development of the digital sector, as well as economic actors and stakeholders in innovation, training and the development of skills. Ultimately, the business community and citizens at large will benefit from the development of effective, safe and well-regulated electronic networks, achieved through access to better services and increased growth potential.
The ‘EU4Digital: supporting digital economy and society in the Eastern Partnership’ programme will run from 2019 until 2021, covering all six countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). It has a total budget of EUR 11 million.
Through the programme, the EU supports Eastern Partnership countries by reducing roaming tariffs, developing high-speed broadband to boost economies and expand e-services, harmonising digital frameworks across society in areas ranging from logistics to health, building cyber security and finally, developing digital skills.
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