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Roundtable on Digitising European Industry with Commissioner Oettinger, September 2016

The Roundtable is the first one after the launch of the Digitising European Industry Communication. Its core objective is to start the process establishing the European Platform of National Initiatives.

This Roundtable kicks off the implementation of the Digitising European Industry initiative (DEI) as adopted and announced at Hannover Fair by the European Commission in April, and further endorsed by the Competitiveness Council concluding with a "call on the Commission to establish, together with all Member States, and industry and other stakeholders, and building upon existing multi-stakeholder dialogues, a framework for facilitating coordination and cooperation of European, national and regional initiatives on digitising European industry, as well as to mobilise stakeholders across the value chains".

The overall objective of the DEI initiative is to ensure that any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change. This requires not only a dynamic digital sector in Europe but also the full integration of digital innovations across all sectors of the economy. The DEI initiative is based on an ambitious collective effort involving public and private stakeholders across Europe at regional, national and EU level.

Success in implementation therefore will depend to a large extent on the joint capacity of all stakeholders in Europe, (industry, academia, Regions, Member States and EU institutions) to work across traditional economic and policy silos. It depends also on the capacity to act swiftly and to develop and implement simple mechanisms to combine resources and mix policy instruments from financial investments to regulation and coordination across the EU.

The Roundtable's core objective is to start the process establishing the European Platform of National Initiatives. In detail, it aims at:

  • Putting in place the overall DEI Platform composed of Roundtables, Stakeholder Fora and Working Groups;
  • Launching the activities of the specific Working Groups to ensure proper and swift implementation of the DEI action lines3;
  • Promoting the setup of national initiatives in Member States where there is none yet;
  • Setting out detailed objectives and targets to be achieved collectively for the period until Hannover Fair in April 2017.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Roundtable was organised in two parts. The first part dealt with the overall political objectives and strategy of the Digitising European Industry initiative and the concept of the European Platform of National Initiatives, as well as an overview of the national initiatives. It will be followed up by a political commitment to concrete DEI actions of the various stakeholders.

For details on the agenda and all the information, please check our background document.

Read the conclusions of the roundtable with Commissioner Oettinger and high-level representatives of industry, Member States and social partners on Digitising Industry.

Presentations at the Roundtable:


Map / Location

Centre Albert Borschette, Rue Froissart, 1040, Bruxelles