Dienstag, 27.06.2017 09:08 Uhr

The Digital Single Market

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 01.06.2017, 11:52 Uhr
Nachricht/Bericht: +++ Internet und Technik +++ Bericht 4103x gelesen

Rome [ENA] It’s more and more essential to achieve the Digital Single Market (DSM) in Europe to attract investment in digital innovations and for a faster business growth in the digital economy. In 2015 the Commission initiated an ambitious strategy to achieve a Digital Single Market. The Digital Single Market strategy is aimed at increasing the competitiveness of industry, mainly small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

The strategy of the European Union includes the Investment Plan for Europe, the Energy Union, the Capital Markets Union, the Circular Economy package and the Single Market Strategy. High-tech sectors in Europe are absolutely advanced in embracing digital innovations while a large part of medium-sized enterprises , mid-caps and non-tech industries still lag behind. Large gaps in digitisation also exist between regions. Several national and regional initiatives started not long ago to utilize the opportunities offered by digital innovations in industry.

However, tackling the challenges of digital change at national level alone bears the risk of leading to extra fragmentation of the single market and to endeavors below the critical mass required to attract private investments. Recent studies calculate approximately that digitisation of products and services will add more than EUR 110 billion of revenue for industry per year in Europe in the next 5 years. The aim of the EU ought to reinforce the competitiveness in digital technologies and to ensure that every industry in Europe, in whichever sector, wherever situated, and no matter of what size can fully benefit from digital innovations.

The proposed actions till now are expected to mobilize close to EUR 50 billion of public and private investment in the next 5 years, explore and adapt when needed the legislative framework and reinforce coordination of efforts on skills and quality jobs in the digital age. The EU Commission’s approach is built around a framework for co-ordination of initiatives for digitising industry: in the first half of 2016, the Commission, together with Member States and industry, set up a governance framework to accelerate the coordination of EU and national initiatives on digitization.

It aimed at mobilizing stakeholders, and resources across the value chain, on actions towards the achievement of a Digital Single Market, building upon existing multi- stakeholders dialogues, and at exchanging best practices. The EU Commission plans to focus EUR 500 million investment from Horizon 2020 on digital innovation hubs on: networking and collaboration of digital competence centers and cluster partnerships; supporting cross-border collaboration of innovative experimentation activities; sharing of best practices and developing a catalogue of competences; wider use of public procurement of innovations to improve efficiency and quality of the public sector.

In co-operation with Member States, the EU is engaged in focusing on investments in the public-private partnerships by concentrating on key technologies and their integration including through large scale federating projects and large-scale pilot projects to strengthen Internet of Things, advanced manufacturing and technologies in smart cities and homes, connected cars or mobile health services. The Commission has to monitor the commitment by the private sector to invest at least four times as much as the EU investments in the public-private partnerships and the use of the opportunities offered by financial instruments under the European structural and investments funds (EFSI and ESIF).

In co-operation with Member States, the EU is engaged in focusing on investments in the public-private partnerships by concentrating on key technologies and their integration including through large scale federating projects and large-scale pilot projects to strengthen Internet of Things, advanced manufacturing and technologies in smart cities and homes, connected cars or mobile health services. The Commission has to monitor the commitment by the private sector to invest at least four times as much as the EU investments in the public-private partnerships and the use of the opportunities offered by financial instruments under the European structural and investments funds (EFSI and ESIF).

Providing the appropriate regulatory framework conditions: with the support of industry and Member States, the EU set up the initiative on free flow of data within the Union in order to remove or prevent unjustified localization requirements in national legislation or regulation as well as to examine in greater detail the emerging issues of data ownership, access and re-use rules, including as regards data in an industrial context and especially data generated by sensors and other collecting devices.

It’s crucial to explore the legal frameworks for autonomous systems (like driverless cars or drones) and Internet of Things applications in particular safety and liability rules and the legal conditions to allow large scale testing in real life environments. The digital transformation is structurally changing the labour market and the nature of work. The EU is obliged to address these challenges with a wide-ranging dialogue on the social aspects of digitization that involves all stakeholders engaged in all aspects of work, education and training.

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