(c) photo: European Commission. Georges Friden, Luxembourg's permanent representative to the European Union signs the declaration. 

At the Digital Day 2017 in Rome, Member States concluded agreements on High-Performance Computing, digital transformation of jobs and skills, digital industry as well as connected automated mobility. Following up on this event, Digital Day 2018 was a great opportunity to move further on a number of digital priorities, together with Member States and the EU Commission.

Luxembourg proudly signed all four declarations on this year’s table. What are they about?

key objectives

1

Working together on Artificial Intelligence

The Member States agreed to work together on the most important issues raised by Artificial Intelligence, from ensuring Europe's competitiveness in the research and deployment of AI, to dealing with social, economic, ethical and legal questions. The Declaration builds further on the achievements and investments of the European research and business community in AI.

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2

Building a European partnership in blockchain technologies

The Partnership will be a vehicle for cooperation among Member States to exchange experience and expertise in technical and regulatory fields and prepare for the launch of EU-wide blockchain applications across the Digital Single Market for the benefit of the public and private sectors. This should ensure that Europe continues to play a leading role in the development and roll-out of blockchain technologies.

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3

Sharing data to personalize healthcare

The signatory Member States commit to collaborate on the secure and authorized access to national and regional banks of genetic data and other data relevant for health. This is a game changer for European health research and clinical practice: sharing more genomic data will improve understanding and prevention of disease, allowing for more personalized treatments (and targeted drug prescription), in particular for rare diseases, cancer and brain related diseases.

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4

Encouraging innovation through the Innovation Radar tool

The Innovation Radar is a data-driven online tool which provides easy access to innovations supported by EU funding and the innovators behind them. It will allow every citizen, public official, professional and business person to discover the outputs of EU innovation funding. Member States have committed to support this tool, for example through their innovation agencies (i.e. Luxinnovation).

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