As part of this approach, the Commission will:

  • help coordinate national and regional initiatives on digitising industry by maintaining a continuous EU-wide dialogue with all actors involved. A governance framework will be set up with Member States and industry.
  • focus investments in EU’s public-private partnerships and strongly encourage the use of the opportunities offered by the EU Investment Plan and European Structural and Investment Funds.
  • invest €500 million in a pan-EU network of digital innovation hubs (centres of excellence in technology) where businesses can obtain advice and test digital innovations.
  • set up large-scale pilot projects to strengthen internet of things, advanced manufacturing and technologies in smart cities and homes, connected cars or mobile health services.
  • adopt future-proof legislation that will support the free flow of data and clarify ownership of data generated by sensors and smart devices. The Commission will also review rules on safety and liability of autonomous systems.
  • present an EU skills agenda that will help give people the skills needed for jobs in the digital age.

The European cloud initiative (press release) also forms part of this package and will help Europe lead in the data-driven economy.

plans should mobilise over €50 billion of public and private investments in support of the digitisation of industry

Source: European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Commission sets out path to digitise European industry