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Latvia signs declaration about Nordic-Baltic region as a digital frontrunner

BC, Riga, 25.04.2017.Print version
Edmunds Belskis, the deputy state secretary for information and communication technology at the Latvian Ministry of Environment and Regional Development, today signed a declaration "The Nordic-Baltic region: a digital frontrunner", the ministry said LETA.

The purpose of the declaration is to strengthen the ability of the Nordic countries and the Baltic states for digital transformation of national governments and societies, especially by creating a common area for cross-border digital services in the public sector.

The document calls for development of e-government, strengthening of the competitiveness of enterprises through digitalization and enhancing the digital single market in the Nordic-Baltic region. To this end, the signatories of the declaration will develop, evaluate and share good practices and joint initiatives.

Belskis said that the signing of the declaration reaffirmed the potential of the Nordic-Baltic region to be the frontrunner in the digital single market.

According to the declaration, the Nordic-Baltic region is well-positioned to show the way for digitalization of Europe, as the digital maturity of the population in those countries is generally high.

"The Nordic and Baltic countries already have close transnational digital collaboration in the public and private sector expressed through policy dialogue and common initiatives on digital innovation. However, we still have a great potential for seizing the benefits of digitalization, in order to improve the quality of life for our citizens, to address climate change and other environmental challenges, and to make our enterprises - public and private - more innovative and competitive in order to foster sustainable economic development," the declaration says.

"We need to strengthen our region's digital role in Europe and globally. In order to do so, we need to capitalize on our knowledge and strong position in the digital area. We need to seek closer cooperation to spur the development of an even more efficient digital single market in the Nordic-Baltic region," says the document.

The declaration was signed by the representatives of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Ice-land, Faroe Islands, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during the Digital North ministerial conference in Oslo, Norway.

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