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Minister Manchevski Attends the First ICT Dialogue Between EU and Western Balkans

Brussels, July 9th, 2019

The Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski, attends the first meeting dedicated to the ICT Dialogue between EU and the Western Balkans, held in Brussels.

European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel officially opened the meeting and among the participants are Minister Manchevski and line ministers from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Kosovo.

Minister Manchevski stressed that serious activities have been undertaken in the previous years in terms of digital transformation, with a view to gradually abandon the "paper-based governance" principle and to promote the "digital first" approach, that also covers necessary technical and legal changes.

"As digital policy decision makers, we are dedicated to providing equal access to public services for our citizens and businesses. However, the greater availability of services and opportunities via digital channels brings greater challenges. In order to facilitate this economic growth, but also to bridge the gap with the EU, we need to provide a strong digital infrastructure, compliance with legislative requirements, as well as an open and safe cyber space", noted Minister Manchevski, adding that one of the basis of the Digital Agenda of the European Union, and thus the beginning of the digital transformation of the North Macedonia, is alignment of the domestic legislation with the EIDAS Regulation. 

Minister Manchevski presented activities undertaken by MISA and the Government in the field of digitalization: adoption of the Law on Electronic Documents, Electronic Identification and Trust Services, Law on Electronic Services and Electronic Management, as well as the Law on Central Population Register, Catalogue of Services, National E-Service Portal etc. Moreover, among the adopted documents are also the National Operational Broadband Plan, the Open Data Strategy 2018 - 2022, the National Cybersecurity Strategy 2018 - 2022 and the respective action plans.

"The Republic of North Macedonia is listed as one of the countries that demonstrate high commitment in all five pillars of the index, according to the Global Cybersecurity Index 2018 (International Telecommunication Union), as the only country from the Western Balkan region in this category", said Manchevski.

The underlying aim of this first meeting is to review the implementation progress of the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans and to discuss further steps in that regard, and to acquaint participants with latest novelties of the EU Acquis concerning: Cybersecurity, Audiovisual Media Services Directive, Data Economy and Telecom Code.

Ministry of Information Society and Administration