The new political leadership taking office in 2019 stands in front of a great opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to the European project and to bring Europe to the forefront of the emerging global digital era.
The future of Europe is D-I-G-I-T-A-L
Digital Single Market
To generate growth and remain competitive in the global digital era, Europe must consolidate its Single Market and address fragmentation.
Fear of technological development should be transformed into opportunities by equipping Europeans with the right set of digital skills.
Europe must leverage digital technologies to build a sustainable, low-carbon, and resource-efficient economy and society.
Europe must invest in the take-up of digital technologies such as AI and 5G, supporting the creation of cross sectorial innovative ecosystems in sectors where Europe has a competitive advantage.
Government and industry must cooperate globally to strengthen cybersecurity and protect citizens’ privacy while enabling data flows
Agile & mission-based policy
Europe must define clear goals for policies and drive agile policy-making processes based on multi-stakeholder engagement and experimentation through regulatory sandboxing.
European leaders must define ‘what they want’ and set a clear vision and goals for how digitalisation can improve European society based on common values
A few examples of what should be achieved by 2025
By 2025, 15% of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) should be selling online across borders in the EU
By 2025, Europe should have retrained most of its workforce
World Economic Forum, 2018
By 2025, Europe should save 26 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions by digitising resource-intensive sectors
World Economic Forum, 2016
By 2025, European countries should spend 3% of their GDP on Research and Innovation
By 2025, most European enterprises should have a clear cybersecurity strategy
By 2025, 75% of EU citizens should be using eGovernment services
By 2025, Europe should be home to 25% of the world’s unicorns