Dara Calleary, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, today joined fellow D9+ ministers in Brussels today to discuss key trends in the digital economy and to formally accept Ireland’s chairmanship of the D9+ in 2024.

The D9+ brings together the top-ranked European countries in the European Commission annual Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), plus a small number of other countries who share similar ambitions for the Digital Single Market.

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Speaking in Brussels today, Minister Calleary said:

Since 2014, Ireland has consistently ranked among the leading Member States in the DESI Index to a leading position among the most digital advanced economies in the EU.

If we are to maintain our digital frontrunner status, we must continue to invest and support all areas of our economy and public services to embrace digitalisation as part of the EU Digital Decade objectives.

 

Our focus under the current Belgian chairmanship of the D9+ has been on how the D9+ can inform and assist the European digital agenda particularly across a number of key areas such as governance and competitiveness.

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As Ireland steps forward to take up the D9+ Presidency for the first half of 2024, we will be building on some of the themes raised and I look forward to formally announcing these details in the new year.

I am determined that Ireland use the full six months that we hold the D9+ Chair to share our vision that an effective, coherent, and proportionate approach to digital regulation will lay a strong foundation for an innovative and thriving digital single market in Europe, and can indeed inspire other parts of the world to follow Europe’s example.

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He continued:

We are making significant strides domestically to harness the benefits of digital transformation and advanced technologies in line with our ambitions under the National Digital Strategy.

It is my priority for 2024 that we continue to support more businesses on their digital journey and will work across Government and our enterprise agencies to ensure our economy remains competitive and crucially resilient in the years ahead.

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About D9

The Digital Nations or DN (previously the Digital 5Digital 7 and Digital 9) is a collaborative network of the world’s leading digital governments with a common goal of harnessing digital technology to improve citizens’ lives.

Members share world-class digital practices, collaborate to solve common problems, identify improvements to digital services, and support and champion the group’s growing digital economies.

Through international cooperation, the Digital Nations aims to identify how digital government can provide the most benefit to citizens.

The group embodies minilateral engagement, where small groups of states cooperate on specific topics with a global impact.

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In 2014, the founding members signed a charter committing to share and improve upon the participant nations’ practices in digital services and digital economies. Updated to reflect a growing membership, the DN Charter outlines a mutual commitment to digital development and leadership through nine core principles:

  1. User needs – the design of public services for the citizen
  2. Open standards – a commitment to credible royalty-free open standards to promote interoperability
  3. Open source – future government systems, tradecraft, standards and manuals are created as open source and are shareable between members
  4. Open markets – in government procurement, create true competition for companies regardless of size. Encourage and support a start-up culture and promote growth through open markets
  5. Open government (transparency) – be a member of the Open Government Partnership and use open licenses to produce and consume open data
  6. Connectivity – enable an online population through comprehensive and high-quality digital infrastructure
  7. Digital skills and confidence – support children, young people and adults in developing digital competencies and skills
  8. Assisted digital – a commitment to support all its citizens to access digital services
  9. Commitment to share and learn – all members commit to work together to help solve each other’s issues wherever they can

The updated Charter was signed on 6 November 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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