Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Digital EU

Digitisation of products and services, and the European economy, is a key contributor to the EU’s competitiveness and economic growth. Digitalisation is central in development of new technologies and business models, and in improving the functioning of both the public and private sectors. The resulting benefits are not just economic but also environmental (e.g. smarter production/consumption/waste management) and social (e.g. accessible information, improved education, better health and other services, and new job opportunities).

The first steps for digitising the European economy are already undertaken within the context of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. However, market fragmentation and legal uncertainty are still holding the EU back from realising the full potential. In addition, lack of digital skills and citizens’ fears over data protection are issues to be tackled. Addressing these barriers and implementing the DSM strategy is crucial for developing a prosperous European economy.

Against this background, the EPC’s digital activities provide a platform for engaging wide-range stakeholders in a constructive discussion about the future of Europe in the digital world. While analysing the opportunities and challenges both in the short- and long-term, the aim of the activities is to provide suggestions how digitalisation can enable and contribute to the transition towards a modernised and sustainable European economy.

Previsous activities included a Digital Media Task Force, focusing on the transformation of a specific sector – the media sector. Other activities, in the context of the EPC project on Digital Single Market, addressed what needs to be done to develop the digital economy, complete the DSM and future-proof European digital policy. One specific aspect - smart specialisation and how to measure the impact of digital policies was discussed in activities focused on Smart Regions.

The EPC’s activities on digital economy are coordinated by Annika Hedberg, Senior Policy Analyst. For further information, please contact Johan Bjerkem, Policy Analyst.

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