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.

Documents

Publication

Benchmarking Report 2017

European Competitiveness and Industry

The ERT Benchmarking Report presents with key figures a comprehensive overview of the main policy issues followed by industry leaders. This new edition highlights with more than 70 charts and maps that Europe must become more open to innovation and new technologies to increase productivity and...
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Publication

Smart Cities

Advancing the deployment of technology solutions to make Europe’s cities smart, safe, healthy and sustainable

Cities are fascinating. They tell all the stories about the development of humanity, civilisation, and innovation through the millennia of time. Today, it is estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world population will be urban (up from 54% in 2014 and 30% in 1950). As cities grow in numbers and in...
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