New technologies can be an engine for true convergence, Pappas notes at EU meeting

The development and spread of new technologies can, with the appropriate measures, become an engine for a true convergence of European economies, Greece’s Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Minister Nikos Pappas said on Monday, at an EU telecoms ministers’ meeting in Brussels.

The meeting focused on the free flow of non-personal data and the EU’s policy for investment in digitisation after 2020.

Pappas cited a need to clarify certain points of concern for national supervisory authorities for data security, especially when it came to exercising their jurisdiction to investigate tax evasion and money laundering. He also called for a more flexible EU approach to the issue of state aid, noting that state intervention was necessary with large-scale infrastructure, such as networks. The minister pointed out that without state-supported networks, new technologies would be prevented from spreading to certain territories and populations where construction of networks was not commercially viable for private enterprise.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Pappas met with European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel and briefed her on the progress of next-generation access (NGA) networks and digital policy in Greece.