Digital Economy

Digitisation is one of the strongest drivers for increasing growth, strengthening competitiveness and boosting employment through the renaissance of European industry. It offers opportunities for existing and new businesses in all sectors. In order to regain its industrial strength, the European Union needs to be at the forefront of the new digital society and be an attractive place to create, grow and develop businesses as well as solutions for consumers and enterprises.

However, because of policy fragmentation among Member States, the complexity of regulatory processes and inefficient enforcement of current European privacy rules, companies in Europe face a structural disadvantage compared to their global competitors. So, while shaping the Digital Single Market, we also need to consider the global economic context. A sense of urgency is required as well as the need to accept the necessary ruptures in certain sectors and national economies.



Benchmarking Report 2016

A glance at the competitiveness of Europe and its industries

The 2016 edition of the ERT Benchmarking Report presents a comprehensive grading of Europe in the global context in terms of competitiveness, trade and investment, innovation, digital economy, energy and climate, employment and skills. It also provides some encouraging examples of “best practices”...
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