2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of
Rome, widely regarded as the foundation stone of the movement towards greater
political and economic union that has become known as the ‘European project.’ Signed on 25 March 1957, the treaties established the European
Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM). While their immediate
objectives were to integrate trade and strengthen the economies of the area,
one of its underlying political desires was to ‘lay the foundations of an ever
closer union among the people of Europe’.
later we can witness how modern information and communication technologies have
affected EU societies and created additional frameworks to foster links within
this ‘ever closer union among the people’.
Today information and communication technologies are one of the EU’s driving
forces for the digital transformation of public services. We are now moving towards
a newer and faster generation of smart technical solutions which can transform
people’s lives, industry and the overall outlook of the EU. ICT is the modern tool to provide people with
services that are based on innovative solutions and aim to protect the values
that we have cherished for the past 60 years: freedom, justice and security.
the European Agency for the management of large-scale IT systems in the area of justice,
freedom and security, we believe that the keywords for the EU of the
generations to come are: innovation and
digitalization. They are the backbone of the present and the future union where
policy-makers, regulators and industry work closely together for the benefit of
This is not
an easy glide upwards only. From the past and present of the EU we know that challenges
and setbacks are an inevitable part of progress. However, we also know that as
long as we embrace our common values, working smart and making the best use of
new technologies will continue to lead us to growth and prosperity.
Let us think
today about the EU success-stories of the past 60 years and celebrate the
achievements of the ‘European project’!
Read more about Digital Day here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_AGENDA-17-522_en.htm