Ann Linde to host Digital 9 ministerial meeting

On Wednesday 18 October, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde will host a ministerial meeting of the Digital 9 group (D9), focusing on the EU’s digital single market. The aim of the D9 is to continue to push the EU’s digital agenda forward.

The group works to jointly identify and hasten the implementation of concrete digitalisation measures, which in turn can help strengthen Europe's competitiveness and increase employment. It also aims to foster closer dialogue with the business sector to hear their policy recommendations for future legislative proposals in the digital area.

"Developments linked to digital transformation affect value chains for all businesses and alter trade patterns.
This is why it is important that more businesses, but particularly traditional manufacturing companies, also reflect on the potential of automation and digital transformation. Startups and digital operators are already ahead when it comes to digital transformation," says Ms Linde.

During the meeting, McKinsey will present a study on the effects of digital transformation on employment, broken down in terms of which countries and sectors are most advanced when it comes to technology.

"It is clear that previous technological developments have boosted productivity, and as such it will be exciting to see what effect future technological developments will bring," says Ms Linde.

The legislative proposal on data flows, which has already been presented, will be discussed at the meeting. The D9 was actively involved in advancing this proposal. Another matter for discussion is the role of platforms in the digital economy and cross-border trade. There will also be an opportunity to report on the D9 round-table discussions that have been held in the Member States, which are another way to create platforms for dialogue with the business sector.

Time and place:
Ericsson Studio
Grönlandsgatan 8
Kista, Stockholm

16.00–16.30 Media are welcome to take photographs. The ministers will receive a guided tour of the Ericsson Studio demonstration centre.

16.30–17.00 Press conference with D9 ministers. The press conference will be conducted in English.

Please notify your attendance to Darina Agha no later than Wednesday 18 October, and bring your press credentials.

Background

Sweden is one of the most digitalised countries in the EU (ranked third in the Commission’s annual Digital Economy and Society Index). Sweden has a good reputation on digital issues, and thus strong possibilities to successfully influence the digital agenda.

Digital single market (DSM): The European Commission has presented a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, with a view to creating a European single market in which European businesses can grow and create jobs and sustainable growth, and that offers good conditions for digital development and innovative business models. The strategy contains many measures in the form of new legislation of potential and concrete everyday benefit for EU citizens and businesses.

D9: Sweden and some other Northern European countries can be seen as digital frontrunners in Europe. Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde took the initiative to form the Digital 9 group (D9) on 5 September 2016. The D9 consists of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland and the UK.

Contact

Darina Agha
Press Secretary to Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 (0) 72-708 16 27
email to Darina Agha