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.

The world’s economy hasn’t faced a crisis like this since the 1930s. Yet given the scale of the challenge, and the trillions of euros worth of investment and economic stimulus required to address it, European citizens must understand, support, and feel ownership over the policy decisions being made.

Trust and accountability will be crucial to overcoming this.

Boosting Europe’s connectivity could foster a digital transformation that would make European economies and societies more resilient to future shocks, and more competitive on the global stage.

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.

Connected Europe is about preparing for that world, harnessing the power of connectivity for social gain and learning from the past so that we are more shock absorbent in the future.

How are we going to do this?
We’ll be focusing our work around three thematic clusters:

Core to these will be addressing questions linked to industrial strategy, competitiveness, innovation, interoperability, governance, connected communities, human capital and digital public services.

In addition to consumers, policymakers and businesses, we’ll also be talking about these issues with citizens, because their voices and buy-in are an essential component to this process.

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  • Vodafone

    Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in Europe. We are the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe and a leading global IoT connectivity provider. Our purpose is to "connect for a better future" and our expertise and scale gives us a unique opportunity to drive positive change for society. Our networks keep family, friends, businesses and governments connected and - as COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated - we play a vital role in keeping economies running and the functioning of critical sectors like education and healthcare while building an inclusive and sustainable digital society.


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