четверг, 20 апреля 2017 г.

European countries join forces to digitise industry

Today at the Digital Day in Rome , ministers, state secretaries and industry leaders pledged to collaborate and work jointly within the European platform to support the roll-out of digitisation of industry across Europe. The platform will trigger collaboration and joint investments, will provide a forum to explore common approaches to regulatory problems and help industries and countries exchange the means for re-skilling of the workforce. The European Commission is investing more than €5 billion in digital innovation hubs and on strengthening leadership in industrial technologies and platforms. Member States will soon outline their plans for future resources and investment at national and regional level towards digital priorities, from the transfer of digital innovations to any industry across all sectors of the economy, to boosting the European innovation capacity for the emergence of digital industrial platforms of tomorrow.The EU's strategy to digitise industry aims 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.
Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market said "I congratulate the Member States which have already started their national political initiatives, committing significant financial and organisational resources to digitising European industry. I warmly welcome the newcomers and encourage other countries to join.  The European platform of national initiatives is an example of a collaborative and cohesive European Union. This is a strong effort at European level, but it will produce results only if Member States do their part and support industry and innovation communities in their regions which drive digital transformation."
Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources said: "One year ago I stated that Europe will only be able to maintain its leading role in key industrial areas if the digitisation of its industry is successful and reached fast. The establishment of the European platform of platforms is an important milestone; it will enable us to provide timely and efficient support to our industry, especially SME. This is what Europe needs now."
Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions said: "Europe's citizens expect the EU to take stronger steps to encourage and support bottom-up movements so they can take full advantage of digitalisation in every region and city of Europe. This Platform of Platforms is one positive step forward for Europe. To achieve our common vision, we must work together and speed-up the change at all levels, from local to European, so our European industries can flourish and citizens are enabled to thrive in the modern world."
More quotes from some ministers of the participating countries can be found here.
The Platform builds on, and complements 13 ongoing national policy initiatives in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. It will expand to welcome and support new upcoming national initiatives which are under preparation in nine more countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, United Kingdom).