Industry in the EU, it is big.
There are 2 million companies in the EU, representing 33 million jobs and contributing 60% of productivity growth. So chances are, if you don’t work in industry, you know someone who does. And changes in it affect us all. One big change that is sweeping through EU and global industry right now is digitisation – business and industry finding digital answers to their challenges. This change is wide ranging. It affects how businesses do business and how people do their jobs.
With the digitisation of industry, the EU leads on many fronts but not everyone is at the same level. Smaller businesses, food and drink businesses, crafts, construction and publishing are among the types of businesses that are falling behind in using digital technologies to help their customers, and manage what they do.
Global competition is also heating up, so to keep EU jobs safe and EU products and services at the high standards of quality and safety that we expect - EU industry cannot be left behind.
And the EU is here to support European business to adapt and move with the times, in particular in the areas of blockchain, cloud computing and supercomputers (High-Performance Computing). But the EU’s support to digitise industry won’t only make life better for business – it will also help people and the environment. The EU supports projects that bring together technologies that can make sci-fi a reality. For example, EU projects are being developed to give you smart control over your energy use to help you to save money – and the planet, to give you the self-driving car of your dreams, or to keep the food we grow and eat clean, green, and safe.
As we head further into the 2020s, the EU’s support for the digitisation of industry and businesses will be guided by the vision of the Digital Decade, where thinking will focus on how technology can help people.