EU Goes Digital

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Winter is being a very hot season for the digitalization of Europe, a revolution that could contribute €415 billion per year to our economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The Digital Single Market for Europe (DSM) gave an important step in the unification of rules to strengthen fundamental rights and the European Market in December 2015 with the agreement on the reform of the Data protection rules and the first EU wide cybersecurity legislation – the Network and Information Systems Directive.

 

The months to come will bring us the results of several public consultations reflecting the pace of technology and hinting how the infrastructure’s development should evolve:

Digital4EU 2016 is the second edition of the #Digital4EU Stakeholder Forum, which focused on President Jean-Claude Juncker's digital priorities. It  will concentrate on five areas:

  • The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) mobilising digital projects;
  • Delivering the Digital Single Market – from the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) to action;
  • The Digital Economy: the data and computing opportunities for Europe
  • Innovate, start and scale-up;
  • Platforms, is there a need to regulate?

As stated by President Juncker at the beginning of his term, the Commission is determined to transform our digital environment thus moving our single market to the digital age. With the three DSM pillars: 1) better online access; 2) enhancement of digital networks and services; and 3) digital as a motor for growth; the Commission is aiming at breaking down national regulatory barriers in order to maximize the potential  of the digital impact.

These developments will also trigger large opportunities for the European labour force since it will radically transform work in the way we traditionally have known it and it goes beyond the ICT  sector.

So, the EC plans in 2016 to organise a structure dialogue with social force on the impact of digitalisation; encourage and support the dialogue between industry and social actors to help industry to find the right skilled work force in Europe.

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