Digitising European industry

19 April 2016

The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) commends the European Commission for the publication of the Digitising European Industry Package which is an important step forward towards Europe’s digital transformation. Industry with all its sectors is an essential pillar of the EU economy and remains a strong driver of growth and employment.

We recognise that some specific concerns expressed by industry on previous occasions[1] have been taken into consideration. It is reassuring as well as encouraging to see that the Commission wants to provide a favourable setting for the development of the necessary infrastructure, with the aim to satisfy the connectivity needs of the digitised European industry. 

The ERT supports the Commission’s call for a harmonised approach between actors on the European level, Member States’ Governments, industry and civil society. It is necessary to pull resources together to avoid fragmentation.  We agree on a need for a comprehensive approach for standardisation and the call for a timely and synchronised setting of ICT standards.

There is now an important role for the European Commission together with Member States and industrial stakeholders to ensure that goals, objectives and rules are set and implemented.

Europe has the great potential to take advantage of the digital transformation and maintain a strong and globally competitive European industry. “With the right framework in place, European industry will be encouraged and able to invest in the opportunities offered by digital innovation and take the lead to establish industry standards. It is essential that both European Institutions and Member States’ Governments promote and accelerate the changes required,” says ERT Chairman, Benoît Potier.

The ERT and its “Digital Single Market Working Group” (chaired by Joe Kaeser, Siemens) will examine carefully all elements of the proposed package and see how industry could best cooperate with the European Institutions and Member States’ Authorities to create the  environment necessary to encourage data driven innovation, growth, and employment in Europe.


Note to Editors:

The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) is a forum bringing together around50 Chief Executives and Chairmen of major multinational companies of European parentage covering a wide range of industrial and technological sectors.  Companies of ERT Members are widely situated across Europe, with a combined revenue exceeding € 2,135 billion, sustaining around 6.8 million jobs in the region.  They invest more than € 55 billion annually in R&D, largely in Europe.

ERT advocates policies at both national and European levels, with the goal of improving European competitiveness, growth and employment.


Media Contact:

Brian Ager

European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT)

Tel: +32 2 543 10 50

Email: i.daelman@ert.eu


[1] http://www.ert.eu/working-group/digital-single-market-working-group