TALLINN, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that Britain and European countries need to step up cooperation in cyber security.
Upon arriving at the Tallinn Digital Summit, May told reporters that "This is a very timely summit, because increasingly, we see hostile cyber activities are threatening our democratic institutions, our financial systems and our public sectors."
Britain and its European partners need to increase their cooperation to develop and increase collective cyber security in Europe, she added.
She further expressed the hope that the rights of British citizens would be ensured in other European countries, adding that she had stated earlier how Britain can ensure the rights of European Union (EU) citizens in the country.
"I also want UK citizens in other European countries to have their rights guaranteed as well," she said.
Organized by the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the president of the European Council and the European Commission, the Tallinn Digital Summit kicked off on Friday.
The summit aims at providing a platform for the bloc to figure out further plans for Europe to keep pace with digital innovation and make use of the huge economic opportunities brought by it.
Summit discussions will consider a longer timeframe to 2025 and focus on the main topics of trust, security, e-government, industry, society and the economy.