De Croo presents plan to put Belgium at top of digital innovation
Federal minister of the digital agenda, Alexander De Croo, and his Digital Minds for Belgium advisory board, have announced their action plans for the next five years, which includes the development of 1,000 new start-ups and more digital friendly legislation
The plan was launched this week by Alexander De Croo, minister of telecommunications and the digital agenda, and his group of high-level ICT experts that make up the advisory board Digital Minds for Belgium (pictured).
One of the plans most ambitious goals is to develop 1,000 new start-ups and 50,000 new jobs by 2020. De Croo has also set a goal of making internet of 1Gb per second the standard by 2020. Belgium should also be a frontrunner in the development of 5G mobile internet and closing the digital gap in society, he said.
Legislation, said De Croo has to be more “digital friendly” in future and it should be possible to deliver all government communications digitally by 2020. Within two years, all suppliers to the government will be obliged to send digital invoices.
New measures against illegal downloading are also part of the plan, as are cyber safety, internet privacy and competition in post and telecom markets. A tax shelter, lower labour costs and fiscal incentives for crowdfunding should stimulate the development of start-up companies in the digital sector, he continued. The regulation around night work for web shops will be adjusted.
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