Commissioner Gabriel hosted a high-level meeting with representatives of Member States, national initiatives for digitising industry, European Public Private Partnerships and relevant European Associations in order to discuss the next steps on the digitisation of European industry.

The Digitising European Industry Strategy aims to reinforce EU's competitiveness in digital technologies and ensure that any industry in Europe - big or small, wherever situated and in any sector- can fully benefit from digital innovations. This requires not only a dynamic digital sector in Europe but also the full integration of digital innovations across all sectors of the economy.

In order to meet these challenges, a European governance framework is essential to facilitate coordination and cooperation of European, national and regional initiatives on digitising industry, as well as to mobilise stakeholders across the value chains.

Within this context, the European Commission hosted a high-level governance meeting on the 21 November 2017 with the main actors involved in the digitisation of European Industry.

The meeting built on the successful launch of the European platform of national initiatives at the Digital Day in Rome on 23 March, where political and industry leaders committed to work together for digitising industry within this common coordination platform.  

Capitalising also on the achievements of national initiatives and on the work performed by the Working Groups launched one year ago (on Digital Innovation Hubs and on digital industrial platforms) the goal of this high-level meeting was to discuss the next steps to further support digitisation of industry in Europe.

The meeting was by invitation only and it counted with participation from:

  • Senior officials (at State Secretary or Director-General level) formally nominated by the lead Ministries in all EU Member States
  • In those Member States where a national initiative for Digitising Industry already exists or is in foundation: a high-level industrial representative (at CEO or CTO-level) for the national initiative and the secretary general or equivalent of the national initiative, both also formally nominated by the lead Member State Ministries
  • Presidents of the European Public Private Partnerships under Horizon 2020: ECSEL, SPARC/robotics, Photonics21, Big Data Value, HPC, 5G, FoF, Cybersecurity, SPIRE, EGVI, EeB, BBI, IMI, CleanSky
  • Director Generals of the European Associations representing relevant industries and social partners


The presentations used during the meeting are available below. A report will also be published shortly to highlight the main conclusions and agreed next steps.


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