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Parliamentary questions
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20 August 2020
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003766/2020

First, the Commission would like to thank the Honourable Member for his important role for the success of WiFi4EU, an initiative that has attracted the interest of many municipalities (almost 30 000 registered on the WiFi4EU portal) and distributed more than 8 900 vouchers across 30 participating countries.

The implementation of the public Wi-Fi networks is growing steadily and more and more citizens can enjoy free Wi-Fi in public spaces, which has had a positive impact during the Covid lockdown.

Concerning the Single Authentication System, t he Commission is currently reviewing the different options that were proposed following a tender procedure.

Apart from the technical solutions, the Commission takes very seriously and currently focuses its analysis on the Data Protection issues that have been at the heart of the multiple Covid applications concerns. This is particularly relevant when it comes to the high number of local municipalities involved in the initiative.

The Commission plans to offer the Single Authentication System to the municipalities for a finite period (three years), leaving them the choice to continue offering the service to their users afterwards. If interested, other Wi-Fi networks could also join the system, potentially creating an even larger European Single Authentication System.

The Commission will communicate widely once the Single Authentication System implementation starts.

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