EU countries agreed on the declaration on digital rights and principles

EU countries agreed on the declaration on digital rights and principles

The document aims to “promote European values within the digital transformation, putting people at the center, with digital technology benefiting all individuals, businesses, and society as a whole.”

The text of the declaration should serve as a reference point for businesses and other structures when developing and deploying new technologies. The declaration should also guide policy makers when reflecting on their vision of various aspects of the digital transformation.

Among those aspects are supporting solidarity and inclusion, ensuring connectivity, digital education, training and skills, as well as access to digital services online. The declaration emphasizes the importance of freedom of choice in interactions with algorithms and artificial intelligence systems and a fair digital environment, in particular for children and young.

The document also includes a statement that the “EU way for the digital transformation” “encompasses in particular digital sovereignty.” No further explanation of the term is provided.

It is worth noting that, if understood in accordance with its natural definition, sovereignty lies far ahead of the European Union. The U.S. have wiretapped their European allies; U.S. IT companies have evaded taxed in the EU; and U.S. intelligence agencies have obtained access to the Europeans’ personal data and are not willing to let go of that. Also, none of the EU countries has a strong alternative to Google services or an operating system of its own at its disposal.

The agreements reached on Monday will now be subject to separate approval by the Council, the European Parliament, and the Commission.