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Nov 10, 2017

PM Orbán meets with EC Commissioner to ensure Hungary becomes leader in digitalization efforts

In the Parliament Building on Thursday morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with EC Commissioner for a Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip who praised Hungary’s programs aimed at major digital developments

Hungary is aiming to become a leader of Europe’s digitalization efforts through active participation in EU-funded projects fostering the development of intelligent automotive manufacturing, e-mobility and e-banking solutions.

In the Parliament Building on Thursday morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with EC Commissioner for a Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip who praised Hungary’s programs aimed at major digital developments.

The subject of the meeting was the EU’s Digital Single Market initiative, to which Hungary’s digital development programs, including the Digital Prosperity Programme, are particularly suited.

The Digital Single Market is one of the main priorities of the European Commission. According to previous information from the body, a fully realized Digital Single Market would contribute some 415 billion euros to the economy each year and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Mihály Varga, minister for National Economy, later met with EU Commissioner and noted that Hungary was one of the first countries which joined EU schemes aiming to promote an innovation-led economy through our industrial development and digitalization programs.

Minister Varga said that measures designed to support digitalization and industrial development, the development of self-driving vehicles and e-mobility, among others, had been prioritized.

He also stated that last May, the National Technology Platform was launched in order to promote and provide information of solutions related to Industry 4.0.

He also highlighted the Digital Success Programme, which has been easing access to the Internet for households and enterprises; VAT on Internet services was reduced from 27 percent to 18 percent, and the rate is set to be cut to 5 percent in 2018.