Europe needs to join forces under a common strategy that takes digitalisation of the EU's economy forward in order to unlock the full potential of the 4th industrial revolution.

Diagram showing four pillars of the Digitising European Industry Initiative

The European Commission launched the Digitising European Industry initiative (DEI) in April 2016. As part of the Digital Single Market strategy, the DEI initiative aims 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.

Building on and complementing the various national initiatives for digitising industry, the DEI actions are structured around five main pillars:

The pillars

  1. European platform of national initiatives on digitising industry

    This EU coordination forum brings together all Member States to ensure coherence and collective steer. The goal is to build a critical mass of initiatives and investments for digitising industry, and to ensure the commitment of Member States, regions and private sector to achieve the DEI goals.

  2. Digital innovations for all: Digital Innovation Hubs

    Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) are one-stop-shops where companies –especially SMEs, startups and mid-caps– can get help to improve their business, production processes, products and services by means of digital technology. One of the key DEI priorities is to support a strong network of DIHs to ensure that every company in Europe can take advantage of digital opportunities.

  3. Strengthening leadership through partnerships and industrial platforms

    To reinforce the EU's competitiveness in digital technologies, the DEI initiative supports both the development of digital industrial platforms and large-scale piloting and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) that provide the digital technology building blocks of the future.

  4. A regulatory framework fit for the digital age

    A digital-friendly regulatory framework is important for the EU's industry and economy to strive. Within the Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission has already proposed several measures to update regulations in key fields for industry such as cybersecurity and free flow of data.

  5. Preparing Europeans for the digital future

    To make the most of the digital transformation we must ensure that all Europeans are ready for these changes. Adapting the workforce and our education and learning systems, together with major investments in reskilling citizens are needed. European initiatives such as the digital skill and jobs coalition and the digital opportunity scheme can help to bridge the gap.

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