BELGIUM, France – France and Belgium have signed an agreement for the development and deployment of digital communications technology in the countrys national territory, French media reported on Tuesday.
The agreement, which will be signed by France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Monday, aims to make France the first European country to have a digital communications standard and will require companies to invest in digital infrastructure.
In the agreement, the two nations will agree to implement a framework that will set a legal basis for the establishment of digital standards.
The framework will also include measures to help companies to share and disseminate information on digital technology in a manner that respects human rights, the French media report.
France has faced criticism over the lack of progress in the development of its national digital communications network since it became the first country in Europe to join the European Union in 2005.
Belgia, which joined the EU in 2004, has also struggled to establish a digital network.