Connected Europe: Harnessing the power of digital for a successful, green and resilient Europe

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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Connected Europe, an initiative developed in partnership with Vodafone to foster a successful, green and resilient digital transformation in Europe.

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.


Joakim Reiter, Vodafone Group External Affairs Director and Executive Committee Member said: “The pandemic has accelerated society’s reliance on connectivity and adoption of digital ways of living and working. Vodafone is building a more inclusive and sustainable digital society, yet we know some sectors and communities are being left behind.”

“We are pleased to partner with Friends of Europe to drive digital transformation and we support Connected Europe’s desire to listen to citizens, businesses and policy makers to build a successful, resilient and green Europe.”

Dharmendra Kanani, Director, Digital at Friends of Europe added: “Europe’s future success, resilience and green impact depends on connectivity. A connected Europe has to become the lighthouse policy to enable recovery from the crisis we find ourselves in and the pathway for inclusion and a people-led digital revolution, which harnesses the aspirations and capacity of all communities.”

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

We’ll be focusing our work around three thematic clusters: successful Europe, green Europe and resilient Europe. Core to these will be addressing questions linked to industrial strategy, competitiveness, innovation, interoperability, governance, connected communities, human capital and digital public services.

Learm more about this initiative here.

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