The digital transformation is undoubtedly a key
element of the new industrial strategy for Europe
and, together with the Green Deal, part of the ‘twin
transition’ underpinning the European Union’s
overall growth agenda. The European Commission,
led by Ursula von der Leyen, has placed significant
emphasis on the need to make Europe fit for the
digital age. This is also reflected in the decision made
by the EU institutions to allocate €143.4 billion to
the single market, innovation, and digital programmes in
the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27. High
expectations are placed on the potential for the
digital transformation to relaunch Europe’s
industrial leadership over the coming decade. At the
same time, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated
our transition to the digital environment and raised
fundamental questions on technological sovereignty,
sustainability, cybersecurity, and resilience, as well as
social inequalities.

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