As the EU enters new and uncharted waters in the digital world, a number of pressing questions emerge as to how the bloc can distinguish itself in a highly competitive marketplace.
With input from high-level political officials, industry leaders and key stakeholders, this special report examines the ways in which Europe is working towards establishing a leading role in the technologies of tomorrow, including 5G and cloud infrastructure.
Nevertheless, on the crest of good intentions, Europe also faces a myriad of challenges. Such include ensuring that cybersecurity standards meet trust expectations and that the bloc’s highly-regarded data protection principles are duly abided by. Amid an unstable and volatile global political context, such challenges only become more explicit. How Europe responds to these hurdles will define its future clout and influence in the digital arena.
Appearing before MEPs in the European Parliament's Industry Committee last week, the new head of the EU's cybersecurity agency said he hopes the EU's recently adopted cybersecurity framework will become the "the new global standard for trust."
Europe should consider establishing a 'digital border control,' as a means of obstructing internet access to hostile actors in the event of a serious cyberattack, the head of Deutsche Telekom's cybersecurity division has told EURACTIV.
Europe's global standing in the cloud infrastructure market has long come under scrutiny for a lack of investment and presence compared with global players. EURACTIV has caught up with DG Connect's Roberto Viola to analyse the importance of the EU's data economy and examine how Europe can achieve a greater level of independence in its cloud services.
In October, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is set to reveal more detailed plans for the establishment of a landmark European Cloud initiative known as 'Gaia-X.'
Europe needs a shoulder-to-shoulder approach between European institutions and network operators to protect the digital world, argues Dr. Thomas Kremer of Deutsche Telekom Group.