The European Union’s EU4Digital Initiative supports the digital reform agenda in Belarus with a range of actions to promote key areas of the digital economy and society in line with EU norms and practices, in order to bring economic growth, generate more jobs, improve people’s lives and help businesses.

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The harmonisation of digital markets in Belarus will result in increased competition, meaning improved online services at better prices and with greater choice. It will attract investments and boost trade and employment, contributing to the social and economic development of the country.

Through the Initiative, the EU supports the reduction of roaming tariffs, the development of high-speed broadband to boost economies and expand e-services, coordinated cyber security and the harmonisation of digital frameworks across society, in areas ranging from logistics to health, enhanced skills and the creation of jobs in the digital industry.

Among the targets of EU4Digital is to achieve a common roaming space among Eastern Partner countries by 2020, meaning cheaper calls for Belarusians travelling within the region, as well as concrete support for the development of digital skills to match the demands of emerging sectors, and an enabling framework for innovation and start-ups. Support for cross-border eTrade will simplify export procedures, reduce border delays, and increase the security and transparency of operations, boosting the digital economy in Belarus and the range and quality of services available to consumers. On eHealth, the Belarusian health system, care professionals and ultimately patients will benefit from the development of guidelines and common standards on eHealth services, data exchange, and health records, in cooperation with national authorities.

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