Whoever cannot effectively use data will lag behind in the global competition!

2021. 03. 25.

Press release of Edina Tóth, András Gyürk and Ernő Schaller-Baross

Today, the European Parliament adopted its report on the European strategy for data. With regard to the report, Fidesz politician, MEP Edina Tóth stressed that due to the global pandemic millions of people have been forced to work from home, thus the role of digitalisation has become more significant than ever before.  The main engine of our virtual global economy is clearly the exchange of data in a fast and effective manner.

According to Edina Tóth, the Covid-19 global crisis has shown, more than ever, the importance of digitalization, electronic infrastructure, high-tech tools and skills. “Digitalization may effectively enable economic recovery, which, at the same time, may remove digital barriers amongst regions and Member States. Digitalization cannot exacerbate further or result in new patterns of social inequalities, lagging regions!” emphasized the Fidesz politician.

In her written plenary speech, Edina Tóth drew attention to the increasing importance of rapid and efficient exchange of data amongst Member States. “When it comes to data economy, Europe has been lagging behind the US and China. Instead of left-wing, Brussels-centric, bureaucratic approaches, national Member States should have a leading role in creating a flexible data strategy. I particularly welcome the report of the European Parliament, which places the role of Member States’ authorities at the forefront” – added the politician.

In his written contribution, András Gyürk highlighted the importance of the role of micro, small and medium enterprises. „SMEs provide 100 million jobs and produce more than 50% of the GDP of the European Union. Preserving their competitiveness is an essential condition to the success of the digital transition. Therefore SMEs should receive sufficient legal and financial support to facilitate the deployment of data-based digital technologies. I welcome that this aspect has been addressed in the report of the European Parliament” – noted the MEP.

In a written statement, Ernő Schaller-Baross called on the European Commission to apply the potential of digital technology, data and artificial intelligence proactively, in order to increase the productivity of European businesses and the well-being of the workforce. He drew the attention of the Hungarian Government’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy, which aims, inter alia, to increase the productivity of Hungarian SMEs by 26% by 2030 and of the Digital Prosperity Capital Program, under which the government provided until the end of last year in total HUF 3.7 billion of financial support to businesses.

Brussels, 25 March 2021.

More information:

Office of MEP Edina Tóth: + 32-228-45602

Office of András Gyürk: + 32-228-45727

Office of Ernő Schaller-Baross: + 32-228-45871