DID YOU KEEP UP WITH US IN FEBRUARY?
Another month passed by, and another Keep Up waits for you to read it. This time, our month has passed in mostly digital mode with a considerable number of digital news, such as digital driving licenses, or digital transformation. You have missed reading it? Don't worry, just keep on reading. We got your back.
We are all working hard – lawyers, economists, accountants, creative directors, fashion designers, tailors, musicians, teachers, gardeners, caterers, and so many more! They all work hard to earn a salary, or as ILO (International Labor Organization) calls it professionally, wage. But, to protect all employees, a minimum wage has been introduced to the labor market. The minimum wage is the lowest amount employers are legally required to pay their employees for their work. It is a form of labor protection that aims to ensure that workers receive a fair wage for their labor, and it is intended to provide a basic standard of living for workers and their families. Minimum wages are set by government regulations, and they vary from country to country and even within different regions of the same country. For sure they play an important role in shaping the lives of millions of workers around the world.
But something else got our attention and it is the spread of digitality in what seems, almost every sphere of one's life. To that extent, the digital transformation of our society has brought many changes, from the way we work to how we travel. Specifically, it refers to the use of technology and digital tools to improve business processes and create new value for customers and business partners. The digital transformation thus involves the use of new technologies such as AI, data analytics, the Internet of Things, blockchain, and other technologies to streamline processes, increase efficiency and enhance customer experience.
In such a way, introducing digital driving license increased and enhance customers' experience of traveling through Europe. It has been approved as part of the proposals in the Road Safety Package that aims to reduce accidents, and halve and prevent the number of road deaths by 2030. For this reason, it includes a zero-tolerance policy on drunk driving and tougher cross-border enforcement rules.
But why is all that possible for Croatia as well? We have to remember the start of this year that for Croatia was extremely significant. Not only Croatia adopted the euro as a paying currency, but it also became a part of The Schengen Area, an area without internal border controls. It means that countries do not carry out checks at their internal borders, except in cases of specific threats and it also means that countries carry out harmonized controls at their external borders, based on clearly defined criteria. In other words, The Schengen area allows more than 400 million people to travel freely between member countries without going through border controls. Isn't that fantastic? However, while technological advancements have made certain aspects of our lives easier, we must not forget about the importance of work-life balance.
By embracing all of these changes, we can create a society that benefits everyone. Would you agree?