Veronika Remišová was born on 31 May 1976 in Žilina, Central Slovakia. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava and then continued her studies in Paris at the Sorbonne and at the Collége d’Études Interdisciplinaires in Brussels. She worked for the European Commission. Following her return to Slovakia, she lectured at the Comenius University in Bratislava and Catholic University in Ružomberok (Central Slovakia).
She has long been active both at civic and political levels, in the fight against corruption. In 2014, she entered the world of politics as a municipal councillor in Bratislava Old Town. In the 2016 general elections, she was elected member of the Slovak Parliament – National Council of the Slovak Republic. Following the 2020 elections, she was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization. She is leading the political party Za ľudí (For the People).
How can CEE best grasp the opportunity to benefit from tech-driven growth? How can the EU Recovery plan help grow the digitalization efforts in the region? What are the most likely areas for strengthening regional cooperation in the digital area?
Digital technology is at the centre of today’s economic debate due to its wide use during the COVID-19 outbreak. While technological advancements were already changing the world over the past two decades, the pandemic has further amplified the adoption of new technologies. In the CEE region, the lockdown-induced digital acceleration was particularly visible during the first months of the coronavirus crisis, with the rate of growth of the digital economy being almost twice as high as the year-on-year change observed in 2017–2019.
Synchronized with the EU’s recovery plans and strategic priorities, it is already clear that the future growth model for CEE should be based on digital and green technologies. At the same time, the region’s digital transition is an opportunity to grow not only its economic future but also its political influence within the EU and in the transatlantic relationship.