European Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Opens Startup Europe Summit
Bulgarian European Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel opened the fourth Startup Europe Summit here on Thursday. The forum is also attended by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev and Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic.
Gabriel said that startup enterprises are increasingly important for Europe, and that it is time to have a genuine digital single market.
According to PM Borissov, the Balkans have often been called "a powder keg" because of the numerous wars they have been through.
As the region is notorious as a breeding ground for credit card scams, hacker attacks and data breaches, Borissov suggests the potential of hackers be used constructively in order to set up honest businesses, like their less-skilled peers have done.
"With the help of the European Commission, and thanks to digital innovation hubs and the political will of other countries, we want the region to become a digital economy centre," said Borissov, noting that there is a reason why when speaking about transport infrastructure one invariably includes digital infrastructure. He said that through this meeting and the upcoming forums Bulgaria hopes to create a platform for a strong Balkan digital economy. The forum is also attended by Kosovar Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj and EU representatives.