Digital Europe: Next Steps – New Report from the Lisbon Council
As Brussels prepares for changes in 2019, with the election of a new Parliament and selection of a new Commission, thoughts are turning to what priorities the renewed leadership should pursue.
The Lisbon Council has presented thoughtful proposals for how Europe can keep building its digital economy in their new report, “Digital Europe: Next Steps”, proposing an agenda for the ‘Digital 9’ countries to pursue. They set out an eight-point action plan including concrete steps Europe can take and principles for how it can achieve its goals.
Their proposal focuses on weaving digital growth throughout the internal market, boosting investment in digital infrastructure and in accelerating start-ups, making digital skills universal across the European citizenry, and strengthening cybersecurity to protect Europe in the digital age.
The Alliance agrees strongly that digital should be at the heart of everything Europe does and be viewed less as a separate category of policy making. This should drive the decisions the next Commission takes, and how it arranges itself to make those decisions.
Our membership demonstrates that Europe can grow and scale successful digital companies from all parts of the economy. We have much to be buoyed by and we welcome the Lisbon Council’s thinking on how to build on this. We believe that the arrival of a new Parliament and Commission in 2019 provides a great opportunity for both the European Tech Alliance and European policymakers to continue to champion European tech companies.