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Flemish Government confirms leadership in European digital transformation

9 juni 2023

European Declaration supports initiative to tackle digital challenges.

Today, the Flemish Government announces its participation in the European Declaration and the initiative. This initiative, launched by the European Commission, constitutes a network and platform aimed at jointly addressing digital transformation challenges. Working closely with leading European organisations such as Eurocities, OASC, the Committee of the Regions,… strives for technological leadership in the EU, while safeguarding European values, diversity and individual digital rights.

The European Declaration is an important milestone towards a ‘European approach’ to the digital transformation of local governments, communities and regions. The aim is to encourage local governments to jointly (re)use digital solutions, thereby closing the digital gap, reducing inequality and promoting stronger territorial cohesion. Local data plays a crucial role here. In this way, citizens and businesses can have better-informed, innovative and high-quality services.

The Flemish Government signed European Declaration

On the proposal of the Smart Region Office and the Ministers Jan Jambon, Jo Brouns and Bart Somers, the Flemish Government has decided to endorse the Living in EU initiative and sign the European Declaration. This action positions Flanders as a pioneer in innovative digital transformation projects and solutions in Europe.

Minister President Jan Jambon, meanwhile, signed the declaration on behalf of the Flemish government. Today, Friday, 9 June, the respective Administrators General - Jan Smedts of Digitaal Vlaanderen, Jeroen Windey of the Agentschap Binnenlands Bestuur (ABB) and Mark Andries of VLAIO - endorsed the importance of this initiative by co-signing the declaration together with Martin Bailey, Representative of the European Commission and Head of Department DG Connect and André Sobczak, Secretary General of Eurocities.

The Flemish Government calls on cities, municipalities and other digital transformation actors in Flanders to co-sign or support the declaration.

Flanders has already contributed to successful EU projects by participating in and coordinating study days, debates, technical working groups and workshops on Local Digital Twins. As coordinator of the H2020 DUET and H2020 COMPAIR project on citizen science, Flanders is capitalising on the involvement of European citizens in Digital Transformation. The Interoperable Europe-based OSLO standards also fit within the objectives.

More information?

For more information on the initiative and the European Declaration, please visit the following website: in nieuw venster).