ERT Members expressed concerns over the announcement of new tariffs by the US administration and underlined the importance of maintaining an open dialogue with the United States and other countries, especially China, on trade issues.
In addition, the leaders and ERT discussed:
- Europe’s strengths, including in innovation and digital transformation.
- Key drivers for investment, in particular the deployment of 5G infrastructure. This is a precondition for a successful digitalisation of Europe’s economy and society. Other key enablers are cybersecurity, digital skills and industrial digital platforms.
The parties recognised that the ongoing digital transformation will bring tremendous opportunities for Europe’s society and economy, noting that Europe has the potential to become a global leader within key sectors of the digital economy, including artificial intelligence.