On 22 May, the EU launched a new programme to support the digital economy and society in Ukraine. Called EU4Digital, the programme also covers other countries in the Eastern Neighbourhood region.
It aims to extend the benefits of the EU's Digital Single Market to Ukraine and the other Eastern partner countries, in order to boost economic growth and jobs, improve people’s lives and support business.
“The harmonisation of digital markets will result in increased competition, meaning improved online services at better prices and with greater choice,” said Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. “It will attract investments and boost trade and employment, contributing to the social and economic development of the country.”
The 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 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 €11 million.
Through the programme, the EU supports Eastern Partnership countries with 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 developing digital skills.
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