Andrus Ansip about the societal digitalization of the EU’s member states
|Position:||European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission|
|Thema:||societal digitalization of the EU's member states|
„Lifelong learning has to become reality“
Andrus Ansip, the European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission, who has monitored the recent release of the Digital Economy an Society Index (DESI) 2017 ranking, consisting of the 5 indicators connectivity, human capital, use of Internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services, states the inevitableness of the societal digitalization of the EU member states.
While mainly skandinavian countries such as Denmark, Finland and Sweden obtained a top rank, Germany, which is „doing well in digitalization of its industries“ still has improvements to make in the digitalization of its social services, according to Mr. Ansip. Digitalization should be better integrated into the member states societies, e.g. „coding has to become part of the curriculum starting in kindergarten“ until university and therefore „Lifelong learning has to become reality“.
Eventhough the societal structure and the labour market may be changing, Mr. Ansip is convinced that „progress will always create more jobs than it destroys“ and therefore it is the member states government’s task to create user-centered and well-functioning digital social services in order to set incentives for the public to ask for sustainable digital services from the private sector as well. Another important factor in the strengthening of the digital transformation will be, according to Mr. Ansip, the diminuition of roaming charges throughout the EU, starting on the 15 of June.
Eventhough the Brexit meant a drawback for a cohesive digitalization strategy, fruitful relationships between the EU 27 and the UK have to be maintained.
In times where social problems of digitalization such as hate speech and fake news have become reality, the EC will react according to the „duty of care principle“.
Still, Mr. Ansip stresses that action can not always be conducted in case of non-black-and-white cases, e.g. with an unclear legal situation. Especially in these matters, one has to „believe in the common sense of the people“.
As Mr. Ansip states in citing a famous quote of Lincoln: „You can fool some of the people all the time, you can fool some of the people some of the time; but you can not fool all of the people all of the time“.