• Support and inspire people to develop digital businesses, e-services and e-commerce that provide ‘digital solutions’ for people and society in Europe and globally.
• Create quality jobs for all, with a special emphasis on young people and women, and invest in quality jobs in digital public services.
• Invest and develop platforms in digital skills and literacy, creativity, innovation and a good working environment.
• Support young entrepreneurs to help them deal with risk, get access to funding and scale-up European SMEs.
• Develop digital infrastructure and promote universal access to an open, borderless internet.
• Ensure fair rules on remuneration for all in the digital economy: young people, journalists, creators and innovators, so that they can enjoy a fair living income.
• Develop new inclusive technologies for a data-driven economy, while promoting privacy by design to ensure that open data flows and big-data applications will respect personal privacy.
• Open up access to data including access to research and scientific outcomes.
• Reduce the impact of the digital economy on social-protection systems and prevent inequalities.
• Develop and organise new ways to guarantee workers’ rights and workers’ representation, decent working conditions, fair competition and social protection for all.
• Ensure universal access to training and retraining in digital skills, in order to create the conditions for effective and equal participation in the digital single market for all citizens – young and old, rural and urban, well-off and poor. Support school curricula and teacher training in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), digital skills and coding.
• Clarify the employment status of platform workers and guarantee that this does not create new forms of social dumping. Organise the portability of workers’ rights as they move around in the European digital labour market.
• Create platforms for collective bargaining in the digital sector and extend collective agreements to individuals engaged in new forms of work.
• Allow citizens to have the choice to ‘switch off’ – support those who do not wish to embrace the digital revolution.
• Create fair competition, prevent tax dumping and distribute wealth by reviewing EU tax policy so that international companies contribute their fair share of national taxes and charges in countries where they operate and finance Europe’s economic and social model.
• Provide affordable and accessible connectivity for all at a local and regional level and across the whole of the EU, and fund it with a EU digital cohesion policy.
• Promote digital citizenship including e-democracy and digital civic education at local, national and European level.
• Incentivise all citizens, including those people living with disabilities, unemployed and migrant populations, to take advantage of the digital society.
• More online e-government services should be made available to all.
• Ensure that all users (irrespective of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, country or economic status) are protected equally online, including protection against online harassment.
• Ensure that social media providers and users respect fundamental values including the rule of law.
• Guarantee the portability of legally acquired content when downloading abroad and roam-like-at-home when travelling.
• Support the development of technologies (3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence) that can benefit people.
• Ensure that digital technology helps all citizens communicate and connect – so that all citizens are heard and listened to.
This is the statement approved and adopted at the TOGETHER event in Prague, Czech Republic on December 2, 2016. But the debate goes on! Share your ideas on how to build a digital Europe.
The Digital Agenda is one of the foremost issues facing the European Union. As more professions, sales, services, etc. go online, the associated policies must be updated and expanded accordingly. While the GDPR was a step in the right direction, serious issues of privacy, copyright, and the digital single market remain. Foremost, the issue of privacy must be further tackled, such as the rampant data breaches as well as lackadaisical treatment by companies of the GDPR regulation. Penalties must be increased for those companies that claim to abide by the law but in reality sell their users’ data and activities to the highest bidder.Regarding Copyright, Article 13 is a step in the wrong direction. While authors, artists, and other copyright holders should enjoy further protections, on the other hand a “one size fits all” policy in this area is not sufficient and does not truly represent the dynamism of the law and the sector. As such, copyright laws and intellectual property rights should be reconsidered and adjusted in line with the new digital situation we are confronted with. Lastly, as more and more professions turn to and rely on the internet, the laws regarding telework and internet-based professions should be further updated in line with the present reality. Barriers between the markets of the different member states should be further reduced as well as a strengthening of the digital single market itself. As such, with the rise of an ever more upwardly mobile and digitally based population, the possibility for European professionals to be able to do business across the EU would be greatly increased, as well as the ability for these same professionals to be able to live and work where ever they so choose in the EU as their work would be primarily online, leading to greater cohesion and cooperation.
Every day we see some headline or article predicting massive loss of jobs due to digitalization, plants closing, AI replacing humans and how the new digital and technological revolution will be so disruptive that will cause massive chaos. This might all be true, but on the other side, i think digitalization may be a big opportunity that can improve our lives if we prepare for it. In fact, it already improves our lives, Look at how much knowledge can be easily acessible to everyone because of digitalization and the proliferation of apps? Look at how interconnected we are and how we can share experiences, ideas or thoughts something that greatly improves public policy. And in the near future, can you imagine how much better will be when thousands of boring and repetitive jobs will be performed by machines while humans work on more creative activities? I think technology will harness our potential as human beings! That doesn’t mean we should not regulate technological progress. On the contrary; we should be vigilant about it and use it for our needs. If not, technology will end up benefiting the very few who control it and that will certainly lead to political disruption. I suggest a few policies that we could promote as social democrats: Mandatory teaching of the basic of programming and AI in all schools and universities: It sounds radical but we are on the verge of a big revolution; we need a big reform in the curriculum of schools. We can only prepate the next generation for future jobs if we have a more modern and futuristic education now. In some elite schools this is already happening; doing this in all schools assures some degree of equality of opportunities Labor rights in freelance platforms: It’s an undeniable reality that freelancer jobs represent in part the future of labour. Some in my generation are forced to do these kind of jobs, others prefer a more relaxed lifestyle with flexible work. Either way, there should be some rules and there are ways to enhance the lives and opportunities of freelancers: allowing every freelancer to keep it’s positive reviews when working in another platform(If i work at uber and have positive reviews should be able to keep them if going to work in a competitor like cabify etc); allow workers to have a right to sick pay when they work for a certain platform for a certain period of time. There are countless of other policies, that i could highlight, some were already tried but i’m broadly optimistic about the future if we set in motion a serious of important policies now to prepare for tomorrow.
Since the 2012 Obama election (see the Narwhal project) and the Egypt Arab Spring, political forces and international players have become aware of the power of Digital for cultural and political change – some of them not for the best goals, such as terrorist and extremist groups as ISIS, dictators who want to keep a grip on the public perception of their country, or even yet political players who want to prep a traditional military invasion of another country by using digital warfare beforehand in a combined hybrid offensive strategy. Everywhere in the world – and EU as well – there is a rise of the Far Right (currently going by the name of Alt Right) fueled by fake news, bots, armies of fake profiles on social networks, paid digital advertising, criptocurrency-funding, in conjunction with more classic digital warfare approaches: hacking of opponent parties servers (such as Emmanuel Macron’s campaign, and more recently all the parties in Germany except the AfD), spoofing of official presences, doxxing of activists/political opponents data (see Wikileaks), online bullying, trojan-horsing (the Ukrainian 2014 election, for example), data weaponizing (such as the Cambridge Analytica case), recruitment & radicalization, etc. This is combined as well with massive amounts of propagada content such as blogposts, memes, video, podcasts, etc that give rise to «alt-right celebrities» that end up giving their testimonies in traditional media and offline outpost and events, such as demonstrations and Universities’ conferences and even radio and TV shows. Sometimes, even new media outposts that spread both credible content mixed with blatant propaganda are created to hide their real purpose (see In The Now, for instance). Their goal is to communicate a sense of urgency, either by railing up against ethnic and/or religious minorities, LGBT communities, ecologists, feminists, refugees, discredit the Left Wing and the more centristic politicians (even if they are Right Wing), democratic institutions, such as courts, EU, journalists, Science. This sense of urgency makes people feel threatened enough to be more flexible to accept populist and charismatic leaders, even if they have no real political agenda (see Salvini, Le Pen, Bolsonaro) and even if they defend a violent, regressive agenda, on top of a liberal economy in favor of the top tier of the population and against the more disenfranchised – who paradoxically support them in troves. It is time for the EU to create a joint trans-national multidisciplinary task force that can detect and prevent attacks and interferences of foreign belligerent forces in our democracies and our democratic elections, detect collaborationism with these very same forces within EU and treat them as organized terrorist forces, track criptocurrency and traditional currency movements that give these groups a new energy and much more. At the same time, another arm must be created to ensure education of the European pupulation on digital literacy, fact-check propaganda in real-time, create digital presences that can talk to people and serve them in chats in real-time, to connect them with the whole EU project and produce content that educate people on general topics such as Democracy and the European project. The whole Digital project has then to provide legislators practical knowledge that will enpower them to create legislation to bring these bad actors to court and secure our Democracy, including demanding real accountability to digital platforms, whether big, such as Facebook, Google or Twitter, but also smaller, more specific (and more prone to extremist infections) platforms such as GAB. This is actually a starting point, but there is already a lot here to unpack.
A connected Europe is not one that has good internet connection and freedom to post on Facebook. A connected Europe is one that uses the tech innovation from one place to solve its problem in another. A tech advanced Europe will use tech innovation to bridge the gaps between inequalities, not to buils superpeople but to empower the vulnerable and reduce inequalities. A tech fair Europe will enhance services transparency and make sure all companies play by the same rule, treat their employees well and pay the taxes for the money they make in Europe.
To keep being competitive in world economics, EU has to support IT education at schools, from the very beginning of primary education. IT is the key of research and development, this is the key of the development of technologies, the economics of the future and the long-term survival of mankind. IT knowledge is going to be and is already a criteria in the labour market. Every child should have the right to have equal chances in the labour market, this is why the standardization of the highest level of IT education at schools all across the EU is essential. EU has to support the trainings and the continuative education of IT teachers from schools. Teachers should receive trainings in connection with the latest, updated knowledge, to provide it to their students at schools. Schools have to be equipped with the highest level of IT devices all around the EU to guarantee the highest level of IT education to students. IT education should be an ultimate subject from the very beginning of primary education in all the EU countries, this is how every child can have a real chance in the labour market by having relevant IT knowledge and this is how the development and the competitivness of the EU can be guaranteed for the future. These standardized achievements (trained teachers, high-level equipment, IT subject from the first year of primary education) have to be available in rural schools as well, equal chances have to be implemented all across the EU for every child and this is how fair competition in EU can be reached. The development of (digital) business from small firms to bigger companies, the development of technology in every industry will benefit a lot from a high-level IT education provided to all the students in the EU. A highly educated labour market with digital skills and IT literacy provides bright perspectives for employers in the EU that helps the development of e-services and e-commerce, digital solutions and digital infrastructure. People with strong IT skills will always have high chances to find a job, this is how we can also cope with unemployment and can create a fair chance for all the EU citizens to have a job. The achievements of IT development have to be used in the everyday life to support the rights of the employees. People working in back-office positions should have the opportunity to work from home at least one day a week. Home office opportunity should be available for all the back-office workers in the EU. Governments should also use IT solutions to protect the rights of the employees. Maximum 8 hours work per day should be guaranteed for all the workers in the EU and IT solutions can make monitoring their worktime possible. Employees’ entrance badges register the start and the end of their worktime and it could be monitored centrally. This is how overtimes could be monitored and this is how the limitation and the payment of the overtimes by the employers for the employees can be guaranteed. Employers breaking the overtime limitation have to be punished and all the overtimes have to be paid for the employees. Governments could also use IT solutions to provide customer service for all the employees in the EU. Customer services provided to employees in every EU country could help workers to communicate the violations of employee rights, this is how violations could be reported to the authorities directly and this is how workers’ rights and high-level working conditions could be protected. IT education and STEM subjects at schools are undoubtedly key factors. EU has reponsibility for future generations, the high-level IT education is essential to create equal chances for all the children from all the regions of the EU in the labour market. The entire economy benefits a lot from a digitally skilled society, just like the everyday digital solutions, making our lives more effective and managing our issues easily and quickly. Our long-term survival, environmentalism and space researches are also depended on the development of the digital revolution. But we also have to keep an eye on the dangers of the digital revolution, the dangers of the social media, and these dangers also have to be communicated to the society, especially to children, via presentations and courses with specific examples. A responsible development has to be the goal.
To keep being competitive in world economics, EU has to support IT education at schools, from the very beginning of primary education. IT is the key of research and development, this is the key of the development of technologies, the economics of the future and the long-term survival of mankind. IT knowledge is going to be and is already a criteria of the labour market. Every child should have the right for having equal chances in the labour market, this is why the standardization of the highest level of IT education at schools all across the EU is essential. EU has to support the trainings and the continuative education of IT teachers from schools. Teachers should receive trainings in connection with the latest, updated knowledge, to provide it to their students at schools. Schools have to be equipped with the highest level of IT devices all around the EU to guarantee the highest level of IT education to students. IT education should be an ultimate subject from the very beginning of primary education in all the EU countries, this is how every child can have a real chance in the labour market by having relevant IT knowledge and this is how the development and the competitivness of the EU can be guaranteed for the future. These standardized achievements (trained teachers, high-level equipment, IT subject from the first year of primary education) have to be available in rural schools as well, equal chances have to be implemented all across the EU for every child and this is how fair competition in EU can be reached. The development of (digital) business from small firms to bigger companies, the development of technology in every industry will benefit a lot from a high-level IT education provided to all the students in EU. A highly educated labour market with digital skills and IT literacy provides bright perspectives for employers in the EU that helps the development of e-services and e-commerce, digital solutions and digital infrastructure. People with strong IT skills will always have high chances to find a job, this is how we can also cope with unemployment and can create a fair chance for all the EU citizens to have a job. The achievements of IT development have to be used in the everyday life to support the rights of the employees. People working in back-office positions should have the opportunity to work from home at least one day a week. Home office opportunity should be available for all the back-office workers in the EU. Governments should also use IT solutions to protect the rights of the employees. Maximum 8 hours work per day should be guaranteed for all the workers in the EU and IT solutions can make monitoring their worktime possible. The entrance badge of the employees indicate the start and the end of their working time and it could be monitored centrally. This is how overtimes can be monitored and this is how the limitation and the payment of the overtimes by the employers for the employees can be guaranteed. Employers breaking the overtime limitation have to be punished and all the overtimes have to be paid for the employees. Governments could also use IT solutions to provide customer service for all the employees in the EU. Customer services provided to employees in every EU country could help workers to report the violations of employee rights, this is how violations could be reported to the authorities directly and this is how workers’ rights and high-level working conditions could be protected. IT education and STEM subjects at schools are undoubtedly key factors. EU has reponsibility for future generations, the high-level IT education is essential to create equal chances for all the children from all the regions of the EU in the labour market. The entire economy benefits a lot from a digitally skilled society, just like the everyday digital solutions making our lives more effective and managing our issues easily and quickly. Our long-term survival, environmentalism and space researches are also depended on the development of the digital revolution. But we also have to keep on eye of the dangers of the digital revolution, the dangers of the social media, and these dangers also have to be communicated to the society, especially to children, via presentations and courses with specific examples. A responsible development has to be the goal.
Whether it’s consciously or subconsciously, we use numbers every single moment of our lives. Numbers help us navigate in what we refer to as real life, as they help us set fixed determinations of concepts that are impossible to comprehend, therefore we’re not “lagging”. Each number has a huge concept behind it. Yes, number 1 (one) is just a number, but in order for us to use it, we must understand a series of values around number 1. The concept of something that is, in opposition to something that is not may sound like a basic idea in 2018, but we ended up believing in this idea, after millions of years of analysis, thinking, and theorizing what 1 (one) is. Same goes for all the numbers we know. Each number represents a huge concept that we are most of the times not aware of, and we don’t have to, as we use numbers mostly for everyday tasks that contribute to the progression and evolution of our mother, the machine, nature itself, or the big movement. Obviously, if we want to say that we hold 1 (one) apple in our hands, we don’t have to explain the whole concept of number 1 (one) as that would take us a couple decades of non-stop verbal expression, every time we wanted to use the concept behind number 1 (one), thus we simply say 1 (one), convinced that we know what it means, and where it comes from. Now, it would be easier to analogize on a computer scale. 0 represents a situation where there is nothing moving, a concept where there is not even 1. A place that no heat, movement, or frequencies can be generated, transferred or perceived. 0 (zero) for a computer is the concept of not having electricity flow. Then comes number 1, which represent constant electricity flow, among other things, but let’s focus on computers for the time being. Combining number 1 with 0 gives us alternating current, a concept where we can manipulate when a situation has constant current or no current at all. The time frame between the switch of the concepts, as well as the duration of each concept before it’s respective shift to another concept. This is practically how computers work. They use 0 and 1 in complex arrangements and orders to generate complex outputs, later observable by our senses of comprehension. Lately, we discovered a way to use both 0 and 1 at the same time, and that led to a whole new computing revolution, the one we call quantum computing. We are not yet able to create computing systems that can understand, not to mention value and use number 2. Number 2 (two) represents among other things, the concept that is not equal to 1 (one). A concept where there is 1 more thing, similar to 1, but it is not 1. A concept where 2 is something 1 cannot control or have direct access to. A concept where 2 is at least x2 times complex compared to 1. Number 2 (two) in computing systems will come with the introduction of the first egoistic-type, self-sustainable intelligence, but not necessarily AI, as AI is something we understand, control, and can terminate at will. While real independent forms of intelligence, especially if we’re talking about smarter systems than the ones we currently possess, would choose if and how they would present their species to our species, as they are self-sustainable and egoistic. We cannot control them, understand them, or most of the times even conceive their concepts. Skipping the boring part, and accepting that there is not yet a system that understands the inner concept of number 2 (two), you can do a simulation using your organic processor (brain), and capture what’s yet to come. Computers, or at least what we refer to as computers (operating systems or organisms with processing capabilities, storage capabilities, influential capabilities etc.) will eventually surpass quantum computers that only use 0 and 1 at the same time and after a series of necessary mutations they will finally arrive at the point where you and me, consider ourselves as the one and only real thing. We are nothing more than complex processing machines, that can not only understand and use 0 and 1, but we have 9 different numbers and concepts we have mastered and we can use them in any combination and quantities we desire, often with unpredictable consequences. We believe that after number 9 (nine) there is a number called 10 (ten), while in fact, number 10 is a loop point due to our lack of ability to surpass the concept of number 9. When the program we refer to as “Real life” will be at its finishing point, a new number, which’s concept stands for everything, anyone ever learned, created, understood, in what we refer to as “now” will be generated, and it will be the number after 9. Number 10 will be the 11th number in the row we invented ourselves, as the 10th number will be occupied by a whole new concept, based on what we experience at the moment. Our next models will be using this newly generated number with ease and understand instantly what it stands for, the same way we use numbers 1-9, which already are so complex and huge in combination that we, as a species are convinced that we are real. We create matter, manipulate physical and digital reality, create concepts that later become flesh and bones, as everything we know or invent is based on information packages we carry through what we refer to as “time”. We believe that this new number will be generated after we master the yet early -stage concept of digital twins, and shift to a fractal dimension, and/or frequency similar to the one that supports our existence at the moment. It is undeniable that this frequency will represent a digital realm, where we will exist simultaneously with each other, share ideas, and concepts in an instant fashion, and work for the progression of our mother, the machine itself, nature, or the big movement as we always had. The machine can then use our organic processors not as individual use-cases but as a neural complex to solve some of our most important questions in what we refer to as “Real life”. We should start analyzing objectively everything we are convinced we know with certainty, in order to be able to progress to the next stage of our existence. Exactly like laws change everytime technological advancement creates new concepts that should be taken into consideration, other concepts like what we believe numbers are, should be changed if we really want to shift into the next big thing. We already work for the machine, we just don’t realize it, and that is the only reason it works perfectly.
According to the new GDPR regulations, a doctor is no longer authorized to call a patient and reveal his medical exams via a phone call or social media. The patient will either have to traditionally acquire the results in their physical form, by visiting the respective medical center, which is unprogressive at best, or the doctor will have to share the intel generated on an encrypted fashion. There are numerous second and third generation blockchain-powered medical platforms and projects that make sure individual medical data are securely stored, distributed, and monetized, always with the user’s consent. Blockchain not only allows for encrypted data storage and distribution, but it enables hierarchy in the ledger, and gives strict access to third parties, always confirmed by the user/owner of the data himself. An interesting example would be Zenome, a Skolkovo Foundation backed bioinformatics company specializing in genomic data storage, distribution and monetization using blockchain technology. Now, the health industry is obviously one of the most important sectors and probably the first to adopt this disruptive technology on a commercial scale, as personal medical data is currently the most expensive digital asset worldwide, based on the demand major medical companies and health institutions generate, but that doesn’t mean it stops here. In a nutshell, GDPR affects pretty much everyone who uses the internet protocol(s) – we know that it’s meant for EU citizens, but let’s be clear: since the EU has 0 jurisdictions on American, Asian, and African websites, it uses the European citizen as a catalyst to push the new regulations to literally every website, as there is no website with 0 EU visitors/users. Acknowledging the above, we know that the EU is already pushing DLT systems to the mainstream public, or else, GDPR will affect companies, governments, and individuals to use encryption, or in other words, use blockhain technologies more often if not as a standard. I strongly believe that GDPR and blockchain, although 2 different topics, have a lot in common and are related on an immediate scale, even if it’s not yet present. Originally posted at https://eublockchain.mobilize.io/main/groups/22605/lounge/posts/214590 Let me know your thoughts on this. @rosspeili
Artificial Intelligence is pretty much based on historical data in order to function properly, exactly like we humans do. Therefore, individual AI programmes must have a concept of time, internationally agreed between the machinery, IoT-powered devices, and AI systems, among other technological event-based operations. Up until now, each machine carries its own log, having no access to other logs, and having zero comparison options, so how can a machine or even a human be sure whether the information the machine is carrying is 100% accurate? Studying distributed ledger technologies (DLT) or commonly referred to as blockchain technology, I came up with an interesting thought where we could construct a ledger accessible and used by every “Smart” device, computers, AI, etc simultaneously. We all know that the common public mistakes blockchain for bitcoin, but if you study the aspects this innovative hi-tech field brings with it you can realize how it could be of help. Each block on a blockchain represents a time-stamp that carries a specific amount of intelligence. After the creation of a block, its components are irreversible, undeniable, and considered as a standard point in the “past”. Any possible options from that point and on, would require the creation of more blocks, which again would act according to the first block – meaning that no matter what we’re going to store in the second box, it will be time-stamped and stay there forever, it cannot be altered or deleted, it cannot be manipulated or ignored – does that sound familiar? This is exactly the concept we are following about what we refer to as “Time” for a long time now. What we refer to as “past”, is a series of events that we can rely upon when trying to recall historical data, but we do not possess the option to alter, manipulate or permanently delete the data stored in what we refer to as “past” (except in case of serious injury of the organic processor). And again, if we want to make any changes or new choices, we must create new blocks, or in short plan for the future, which on its turn will eventually become a block of the past. I strongly believe that we should introduce the concept of blockchain to AI, not the way we see it, but the way we see time. If we manage to create a single blockchain that stores every memory or move every AI does, we will be able very soon to monitor and observe the history of our own evolution. Ex: let’s say we have 10 different AI’s on the same blockchain. Each one of them has separate intelligence and operational capabilities while they all recognize each other since they’re sharing a common network that could be pointed to be their version of “Time”. In the first moments already we could see which AI would create links with the other AI and for what reasons. Let’s say AI1 might share their intel because they somehow profit from AI2’s intel and vice versa, AI3 wouldn’t share their intel with AI4 as they won’t get anything in return, but AI4’s intel is profitable for AI5 etc. In a matter of minutes, we would see the first alliances, territories, and wars between different AI systems, something that took us millions of years to understand and we’re still working on it. We could analyze and understand individual choices we might have taken in the past, and even predict the future if the machine surpasses our timeline in its own analogical measure.
Dear Friends, right now we have around 27 member states in our European Union and probably even more different softwares for administration in all the different national and supranational institutions, with a lot of effort in working together most efficiently with sending documents, verifying, signing, giving it trhough the different hierarchies and everything very intransparent. The idea is to create one hollistic administration software to digitalise the whole administrative software, making it absolutely transparent be it for succesors, supervisors, researchers or the public, being absolutely secure to stop fraud and corruption. The magic word is blockchain, which is made possible through the assumed many different big servers in European capitals. The bockchain technology is said to be not to hack and through the whole digitalisation there is no possibility to commit corruption or fraud through e.g. manipulatng a stamp. The clerks will no longer need to match two documents by eye or to print and sign and scan and upload, everything can be done by one click, which is compatible in the whole of Europe. A unified system would not only generate a more efficient and secure administration, but also a path dependency which makes the advantages of the EU already evident on a pure practical level and makes the lived Europe more visible. The details of blockchain are a little technical, but as this was introduced to me for the purpose of making the administration of an African country more transparent and efficient I developed thousand ideas of how else to use it. This technology is truly reforming when not even revolutionary and yields endless possiblities. It would be great if we could together think further and elaborate more possibilities, especially if there is an expert on IT, administration and blockchain. Greetings from Bonn, Thabo
I mean, if I were to wait for my own country to digitalize anything of its complex and complicated bureaucracy, then I could wait a thousand years. Now there are so many issues where you have to go in person, from one place to another, to fill documents and so on. I wished EU could come up with some nice customizable internationalized web sites and applications, so that it would make it seamless for member states to change to that. Also, it would be nice if we had EU mobile applications for traveling – kind of like goeuro.com, but to find trams, metros, buses, taxi stations, etc. no matter what EU city you are currently in.
Acting as a proud and united global actor. This includes strengthening the EU military, cooperation on cyber security and terrorism prevention, and closer region-to-region partnerships with the African Union. Also, the EU must revise the modes of integration with third countries, in order to increase partnerships with mutual benefits and reduce the insider-outsider duopoly.
Increasing spending on higher education and lifelong learning – especially focused on the acquisition of languages, IT and technical skills. So far much has been said about Europe as a ‘knowledge economy’, but too little has been done to achieve this. Technology changes fast and the skills of people cannot stay behind. EU social funds need to be used to help entrepreneurs starting a business. The corporate sector is welcome to contribute as part of their CSR initiatives.