Polish-Dutch meeting on the digital single market
On Wednesday, 13 December a meeting of Polish and Dutch business with representatives of government administration devoted to the European strategy of the single digital market took place at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Warsaw.
The meeting was organized by the Dutch Embassy in cooperation with the Ministry of Digitization.
During the meeting, representatives of Polish and Dutch companies active in the digital market had the opportunity to discuss with the representatives of government the current state of work on the SDM strategy, its implementation and further directions of the European agenda. First of all, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland, Mr. Ron van Dartel welcomed all the guests. He emphasized the importance of a meeting like this between governments, the private sector and civil society to joinly work on improving the digital single market. Next, the opening speech was delivered by Mr. Krzysztof Szubert, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Digital Affairs and the Government Plenipotentiary for the Unified Digital Market.
In his speech, Minister Szubert emphasized that the SGM is a market with a very large potential for economic growth, which according to EC’s estimates may bring profits of over EUR 415 billion a year. The Minister noted that the greatest benefits for the European economy are seen in the free flow of non-personal data. We are talking here about the processing of raw data, which have an impact not only on the innovation of the economy, but also on the rate of its growth and the sustainability of this growth. Therefore, during his speech, the Minister encouraged Polish and Dutch entrepreneurs to open data resources, share them and build their own value through the development of the data ecosystem.
The free flow of data and the draft Commission regulation published in September abolishing the requirements for the location of data was the subject of the first session of the meeting. In turn, the second panel was devoted to the principles of the operation of online platforms and transparency requirements. The last part of the meeting concerned plans for the future, and more specifically, directions for further integration of the single digital market.