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During the study visit we mentioned a lot the measures to tackle the current lack in digital skills in our society, but I would like to point out the following one. If smart citizens should use different applications or e-tools to make their life easier, all citizens must be able to count on free Wi-Fi connection. Nowadays, we know that all of us, crossing the borders between EU Member States, the first thing we switch off the internet connection because of the high prices of internet connection in different countries. We realise, and some of us every day crossing borders, that it is not so important for us to know where in the city we can park, but the first thing is to know if this information is free of any charges. It is normal, that some of the applications are not useful for the general public, but if every citizen contributes to the development of "smart" cities paying taxes, etc., everyone must count with the possibility to become "smart" citizen. The EU is 28Â different Member States, with different legislation, different tax system, different educational system etc. In some Member States the people are growing up as e-citizens, but in others a 4G connection is not yet available. So, first, we have to tackle all these differences, trying to make all the EU citizens beneficiaries of the future e-tools. This means to establish a real free digital market. How can we deal with these challenges if we still do not guarantee the harmonised rights and rules properly to all EU citizens? In conclusion, the EU must take a lot of reforms to be sure that EU in general and the Member States in particular rely on "smart" citizens living in "smart" cities.

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Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

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