The power of connectivity is beyond imagination. If developed properly and fairly, it can boost and transform lives, create a sense of community, and enable Europe to live up to its values. Connectivity opens up a world of access to education, skills and training, enabling self-agency in tackling climate change & the housing crisis as well as improving mobility and agriculture – and so much more.
That is the power we are tapping into through Connected Europe, an initiative launched in partnership with Vodafone to foster a successful, green and resilient digital transformation in Europe.
Solutions cannot be not determined by a single institution or approach. It isn’t about access to jobs vs. access to health, or a greener Europe vs. a strong economy. It’s about wiring things around people and communities to improve livelihoods. It’s about private, public and civil society working in a different way, and together, locked in by social contract that enables a just transition to a world that is fast emerging.
This Working Group meeting is the third in a series and will bring together a select group of policy- and decision-makers to hone in on what is necessary to create a more resilient Europe.
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As the European Commission evaluates members states’ plans for accessing the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), those states’ commitments to digitalisation will be key. In the words of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: “We want to invest in a digital Europe, innovative and competitive in global markets. And we want a resilient Europe, which is better prepared to face future crises.”
From economic and health crises to cyber-hacking and supply chain disruptions, a more resilient Europe should be a place where people, infrastructure and institutions are able to cope, adapt and bounce back from shocks. To enhance its resilience, Europe will need to focus on five key areas: improving infrastructure and connectivity; ensuring that education and training are fit for the digital age; building trust between governments and businesses as the ‘e-state’ increasingly comes into being; confronting issues around privacy and data; and innovating through products and services.
Prioritised through the EU’s Digital Decade proposals, and measurable through the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), the ambition to address these issues is clearly there. The challenge will be to identify concrete policy proposals for how to achieve these goals. In doing so, all those with a stake in the game will have to work together to ensure that transparency, trust and a culture of continuous innovation become the hallmark of European resilience.
Following discussions around building a more successful and greener Europe, this expert working group will bring together a select group of policy- and decision-makers to hone in on what is necessary to create a more resilient Europe.
- What developments in sectors such as healthcare, education and the gig economy over the last year might serve as examples for innovating in the face of challenges?
- How are industries using digitalisation to adopt new strategies to become more resilient to disruptions and weaknesses exposed by the pandemic?
- How should governments and businesses work together to increase connectivity in both cities and rural areas?
- What must policymakers do to increase trust between citizens and institutions?
- How can resilience
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