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Digitalisation of industry

Cloud computing, the Internet of Things and big data are transforming European industry, both manufacturing processes and services, increasing efficiency in all sectors. Digitalisation of industry is based on a growing ecosystem of advanced computing, data analytics and communication devices, new levels of connectivity and IT applications over the Internet. This makes industrial value chains shorter and more vertically integrated than in the past. Thanks to digital, boundaries between the digital and physical worlds.

To take advantage of the potential of Big data, Europe must ensure that the regulatory framework enables data-driven innovation, as well as investment on the development of the necessary skills to enable the digital revolution. Europe must also focus on research, development and innovation, especially in the areas where we can face global challenges and regain our leadership on the digital global marketplace.


Position papers Date
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) - a BusinessEurope position paper 21/05/2021
The Digital Services Act (DSA) - a BusinessEurope position paper 21/05/2021
The Data Governance Act (DGA) - a BusinessEurope position paper 19/04/2021
AI: A European approach to excellence and trust 15/07/2020
The digital response to COVID-19 02/04/2020
Artificial Intelligence recommendations 31/07/2019
Cyber-enabled industrial espionage - BusinessEurope statement 04/10/2018
Robotics and automation - BusinessEurope strategy paper 09/04/2018
BusinessEurope strategy paper on artificial intelligence 15/12/2017
BusinessEurope's views on digital trade 06/02/2017
BusinessEurope recommendations for a successful digital transformation in Europe 18/12/2015
Grasping the opportunities of digital / Europe's digital economy - a BusinessEurope position paper 29/04/2015
BusinessEurope recommendations for a flourishing European digital economy 15/12/2014
Public letters Date
Shaping Europe’s digital future - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Oleg Butković in advance of the 5 June TTE Council conclusions 29/05/2020
Competitiveness Council meeting on 28-29 May 2015: digitalising the economy and mainstreaming industrial competitiveness - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Dana Reizniece-Ozola 26/05/2015
Europe's digital economy - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip 29/04/2015
Competitiveness Council meeting on 2-3 March 2015: industrial competitiveness, digitalisation and single market are key drivers for European competitiveness - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Dana Reizniece-Ozola 24/02/2015
Press releases Date
Pursuing platform clarity for business users 14/02/2019
A message to Tallinn: unleash Europe’s data economy 29/09/2017
Tax systems must support the take-up of digital technologies in Europe 21/09/2017
EU industrial digitalisation strategy just in time – ACT NOW 19/04/2016
BusinessEurope welcomes EP’s contribution to improve network and information security 13/03/2014
Reports and studies Date
Legal issues of digitalisation in Europe - Measures to effectively help companies advance their digital strategies 29/09/2017
Speeches Date
Digitalisation of industry: ensuring that SMEs can make the most of it - Address by Marc Vancoppenolle at the EP SME Intergroup breakfast 17/11/2015
Roundtable of leaders of European initiatives on "Digitising European industry" - Address by Markus J. Beyrer 18/09/2015
Digital transformation of industry - Speech by Markus J. Beyrer at the informal Competitiveness Council meeting in Riga 27/03/2015


Adnane Lachheb

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Last updated: 15 September 2015