The European Commissioners heading the bloc’s ambitious Digital Single Market strategy met with the chief executives and general managers from technology firms in Brussels on February 11. The two sides discussed jobs and economic growth.
The executives and managers are members of the newly established Digital Advisory Council (DAC) that was set up by DIGITALEUROPE last summer. They include leaders of some of Europe’s most dynamic large and small digital technology suppliers and regional CEOs of some of the largest tech firms in the world.
The executives met with Andrus Ansip, Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market, Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
As reported in a press release issued by DIGITALEUROPE, the EU member states are grappling with the challenge of how to harness digital technologies to increase European productivity. Europe’s digital business leaders have an important role to play to keep politicians focused on the big prize: long-term jobs and growth creation.
“We want the DAC to provide long-term vision and strategic advice on the business, trade and investment frameworks needed to boost Europe’s digital growth, and its competitiveness globally,” said John Higgins, director general of DIGITALEUROP.
According to the European Commission, the Digital Single Market could boost EU gross domestic product by €415bn per year and create 3.8 million new jobs.