On Digital Day 2021, EU Member States ministers signed three declarations to pool efforts and resources to promote international connectivity, to promote the dissemination of clean digital technologies and to improve the regulatory environment for start-ups and scales.

All three commitments will help accelerate Europe’s green and digital transformation and contribute to the vision and objectives of the European digital decade.

Member States have therefore made commitments in three key areas: connectivity, start-ups and clean digital technologies.

Com the Declaration • European Data Gateways as a key element of the EU • Digital Decade • 27 commit themselves to strengthening connectivity between Europe and its partners in Africa and Asia, in the European Neighbourhood Countries and Particular attention will be paid to land and submarine cables, satellites and network connections aimed at more intensive and secure data exchange.

25 EU countries signed the The best practices identified by the European Commission relate to the processing of visa applications submitted by talented third-country nationals, the tax treatment of stock options and methods for increasing the quantity and diversity of private capital.

Green and digital transformation

26 European countries signed the •A Green and Digital Transformation of the EU Declaration to accelerate the use of green digital technologies for the benefit of the environment. Member States will work together to accelerate the deployment and development of advanced digital technologies such as 5G and 6G networks, optical fibre, high performance computing and IoT, as key solutions to achieve climate neutrality and drive green and digital transitions Other areas of action include green cloud promotion, artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies, as well as sustainable hardware, green public procurement, and support for start-up companies and SMEs in the green technology sector.

In this context, 26 CEO-presidents of ICT have joined the European Green Digital Coalition (EDC) and committed on behalf of their companies to significantly reduce their carbon footprint by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality by 2040.

Possible solutions include investment in the development of more energy-efficient digital technologies and materials, collaboration with relevant NGOs and expert organisations to measure and monitor the net environmental impact of green digital solutions and much more.

The signatories also undertake to create, together with other industry leaders, guidelines for the application of green digital solutions, in order to accelerate the transition towards sustainability of sectors such as energy, transport, construction and agriculture.

The 26 signatories of the European Green Digital Coalition

The list of 26 realities that signed the Green and Digital Coalition includes the Gotha of the World ICT. We note the presence of Aruba as the only Italian company and Allison Kirkby of Telia as the only woman in charge of a large company.

Jean-Marc Ollagnier Coalition, CEO of Accenture Europe, Stefano Cecconi, CEO of Aruba, Elie Gerard, CEO of Atos, Wojciech Stramski, CEO of

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