EU Council Conclusions on mainstreaming digital solutions and technologies in EU development policy

European Union
European Commission, EU Member States and development agencies
Key objectives of the measure:

The Conclusions, adopted in late 2016 by EU Ministers for Development Cooperation, emphasise that digital technologies play a strategic role in the development and growth of the cultural and creative industries and, as such, should be used to protect and promote cultural diversity

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The Council Conclusions also

-underline the digital contribution to promoting democracy, good governance, gender equality, inclusion and participation

- stress the importance of the EU's 2014 guidelines on freedom of expression online and offline

- propose a "digital by default" approach to development projects, but with sensitivity to existing digital divides

- welcome the proposal to revise the European Consensus on Development stressing the role of digital technologies in future EU development cooperation

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Greater mainstreaming of digital solutions and technologies in EU developent policy.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: