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The new Recovery and Resilience Facility will provide large-scale financial support for Member States' reforms and investments to mitigate the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to make EU economies more sustainable, resilient to shocks and better prepared for the challenges of environmental and digital transition.


The COVID-19 crisis has shown that connectivity is essential for people and businesses in the Union. Electronic communications networks, in particular very high capacity networks, have been playing a crucial role in the response to the crisis by enabling remote working and schooling, healthcare, and personal communication and entertainment. Widespread gigabit connectivity underpins bandwidth-intensive use cases in the fields of health, education, transport, logistics, and media, which can play a key role in Europe’s economic recovery.


Bulgaria has joined the European initiative to create a next generation cloud for Europe. This secure and competitive cloud offering is essential to provide the trustworthy data processing infrastructure and services that public administrations, businesses and citizens require in Europe. In this milestone achievement, the signatory Member States agree to work together towards deploying resilient and competitive cloud infrastructure and services across Europe.


The European Commission is announcing a public consultation about the implementation evaluation of EU Guidelines for the application of State aid rules in relation to the rapid deployment of broadband networks (the Broadband Guidelines, the Guidelines). The consultation is addressed in particular to organisations, public authorities, regulators and others who apply the the State aid rules for the deployment of broadband infrastructure, but all citizens are welcome to contribute to this consultation.


By Decision No 555 and Decision No 556 of the Council of Ministers of 6 August 2020, an updated National Broadband Infrastructure Plan for Next Generation Access "Connected Bulgaria" and an Updated policy in the field of electronic communications of the Republic of Bulgaria were adopted.


The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a European strategy for data. The results of this study will be included in possible Commission initiatives on data access and reuse in the coming months. Participation in the consultation is done by filling out a survey.


The working group on switching cloud providers and data porting ('SWIPO') presented the first copies of two data portability Codes of Conduct to the Council and the Commission, as foreseen in the Regulation on the Free Flow of non-personal Data.


The WSIS Forum 2020 will be held from 6 to 9 April 2020 at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The overall theme for WSIS Forum 2020 is "Fostering digital transformation and global partnerships: WSIS Action Lines for achieving SDGs”. 


During this year's Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, #IGF2019 a roundtable discussion took place at the EQUALS initiative of the International Telecommunications Union.

Participants from the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) were invited to participate by sharing Bulgarian initiatives for women's equality and women's participation in ICT in particular. ЕQUALS‏ @equals Nov 26


Championing Gender Equality in the Digital Age: What Role for Governments?

Broadband is recognised by the European Commission as one of the main tools for improving of the economic and social well-being of the population. It is becoming an increasingly important factor not only for the competitiveness of the enterprises, but also for supporting social inclusion and enables the development and use of e-government services. The spread of high-speed connectivity can lead to a significant increase in gross domestic product, employment, the competitiveness of national economies on the international scene and the quality of life.

Horizon 2020

Hardly anyone doubts today the media has undergone revolutionary transformation and perform a ubiquitous role. Media convergence signifies not just a change, but the emergence of qualitatively new relationships between industries, markets, technologies and different types of audiences. The most striking emblem of the environment we are immersed in is social networks and their increasing impact on our life.

European Symposium to Discuss the Place of Public Media and the Regulatory Framework of Social Media in the Digital Environment

Best Practice Forums (BPFs) are an intersessional programme of global IGF intended to complement other IGF community activities. BPFs offer substantive ways for the IGF community to produce more concrete outcomes.  BPFs are approved by the MAG (Multistakeholder Advisory Group) per year basis with the aim of enriching the potential of the global IGF results.


The BPF allows for experts and stakeholders to exchange on policy challenges and best practices experiences and has launched a survey to get insight in the community’s views on the use and of IoT-Big Data-AI applications to address societal challenges. The survey can be found here.


International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April and will next be observed on 25 April 2019.


The fifth edition of the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance will take place on 07-08 May in Bucharest. An expert from the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, IT Directorate, will  participate in a roundtable dialogue on Internet multilingualism in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+).


You can find more information about the event here and here.


EuroDIG 2019 will take place in The Hague, the Netherlands on 19-20 June 2019.


The consolidated programme can be found here.


The Forum of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 8 to 12 April 2019 under the slogan "Information and Communication Technologies for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals". WSIS continues to provide a platform for a "fair and equitable information society" for all stakeholders in accordance with the Geneva Action Plan.


You can submit suggestions for topics to be discussed at the event by December 31, 2017.


More information can be found on the official EURODIG 2018 website.


The call for contributions is part of a legal and technical study on the legal framework to intermediary liability implementing the E-Commerce Directive within the Union's Member States.


Contributions are expected until 31 October 2017.


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