Elisa Ferreira believes that “digitization and connectivity” can make Europe more cohesive

The Portuguese commissioner believes that technology has blurred the territorial barriers to the success of citizens in the European Union and made borders “less decisive” in their future.

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The European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, believes that digitalization and connectivity can contribute to the construction of a “more cohesive” Europe. The Portuguese commissioner believes that technology has blurred the territorial barriers to the success of citizens in the European Union (EU) and made borders “less determinant” in their personal and professional future.

“In Europe, digitization and connectivity can redraw the dependence on geography and make it less relevant as a determinant of the success of regions and people depending on the region in which they are born”, said Elisa Ferreira, in a panel on “a more cohesive Europe ”, on the first day of Web Summit 2020 (which is taking place exclusively online).

Elisa Ferreira said that the role of cohesion policies is to fill what she called “market failures” and that companies in the private sector are more focused on investing in areas where there is a strong commercial cluster. "Our purpose is that the entire territory of the EU is covered and that people are not left behind just because they were born by accident in a region that is not one of those centers," he said.

The European Commissioner recalled that this is why the Fair Transition Fund provides for a significant investment in Internet access and other forms of connectivity. This fund, inserted in the European Ecological Pact, aims to "support the people and regions most affected by the transition to climate neutrality, such as those that depend on fossil fuels or processes with high carbon intensity".

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