European Digital Issues Were Addressed At The Highest Level In The PCC

European Digital Issues Were Addressed At The Highest Level In The PCC

One of the leading events addressed at the PCC during the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU was a unique ministerial conference on digital issues. The event, part of which was also open to the general public, boasted the largest number of participants of any event held at the PCC in connection with the Czech EU Presidency.

The two-day conference began with a screening of Vít Klusák's film V Síti about online sexual predators. This was followed by an expert debate on How to protect children online in the light of the new "Better Internet for Kids" strategy.

The first day of the conference, which was closed to the public, also focused on safety. Top-level topics focused on ensuring the security of supply chains in light of cyber protection of the state and citizens.

On the second day, which was again open to the public, experts discussed the safe development of artificial intelligence and data handling in the European Union and beyond. They also debated how to make Europe more technologically self-sufficient, how to foster innovation and the threat of misinformation in the online environment.

The second day of the conference was entitled Towards a Secure and Innovative Ecosystem. The expert debate was attended by Czech and foreign government experts, EU leaders, representatives of universities, think tanks and business associations. The conference was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, the National Office for Cyber and Information Security and the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. 500 delegates attended the conference, making it the conference with the highest number of delegates of all the events held in connection with the Czech Presidency at the PCC. This only shows the importance of this conference, which was attended by political leaders such as Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

In today's world, cyber security is a particularly important topic. That is why this topic was one of the key issues addressed by the Czech Presidency. Petr Očko, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade for Digitalisation and Innovation, even mentioned during his speech that "in today's information-based economy, data is the new oil, the new gold". Misinformation was also a big topic at the conference.

The main event took place in the Forum Hall. The whole event took a year and a half to prepare. A highlight of the conference was, for example, the robot exhibition.


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