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To unlock the full potential of the 4th industrial revolution, Europe needs to join forces under a common strategy that takes digitisation of the EU’s economy forward.

With this objective, the European Commission launched the Digitising European Industry initiative (DEI) in April 2016. The aim is to reinforce the EU’s competitiveness in digital technologies and ensure that every business in Europe ― whichever the sector, wherever the location, whatever the size ― can draw the full benefits from digital innovation.

After 18 months of its launch, we take stock of the progress made towards the implementation of the DEI initiative, which is a key element of the Digital Single Market strategy outlined by the European Commission. Below you can have a look at the brochure.

On November 21st, Commissioner Gabriel hosted a high-level meeting with representatives of Member States, national initiatives for digitising industry, European Public Private Partnerships and relevant European Associations in order to discuss the next steps on the digitisation of European industry. During the event, participants affirmed the continuing role for the high-level governance meetings and agreed to maintain two meetings per year. The discussions held provided agreements in principle to prepare with Member States and industry future orientations for access to finance, European technology leadership and partnerships as a means for joint strategic decisions and significant co-investments. These were translated into 3 Working Groups. For more details on findings, recommendations, conclusions and agreed next steps you can download the meeting’s report. All the presentations used during the meeting are also available.

Analysis of National Initiatives for Digitising Industry across the EU