The European Platform of National Initiatives on Digitising Industry 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 (DEI) 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 value chains.

Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, highlighted the importance of the Digitising European Industry strategy. She states that:

the DEI strategy has to continue to ensure reinforcing the EU's competitiveness in digital technologies so 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.  

First steps into this direction were set up last March on the Digital Day  in Rome, where political and industry leaders committed to work together on digitising industry in a European platform of national initiatives. This platform builds on and complements national initiatives in order to strengthen the European economy and society, share experiences and approaches and, above all, establish a common European agenda for investments that helps businesses to thrive in a digital world.

18 months after the launch of the DEI strategy, Europe is delivering along all the defined action lines. It comes now the time to take stock on the made progress, capitalise on the achievements of national initiatives and on the work performed by the Working Groups on Digital Innovation Hubs and on digital industrial platforms, and to discuss the next steps to further support the efforts of digitisation of industry in Europe.

For that purpose, the European Commission, under the lead of DG CONNECT, hosted the 'High-level Governance Meeting of the European Platform of National Initiatives on Digitising Industry' on 21 November, which  brought together high-level representatives from EU member states, industry associations and Public-Private-Partnerships. The aim of this meeting was to monitor the progress of the European platform of national initiatives and agree on next steps to ensure a proper and swift implementation of the DEI strategy.

A report which will highlight the main conclusions and agreed next steps will be made available soon.