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The Next European Commission President Needs to be a Digital Presidentmercredi 7 mai 2014
Open Letter to the Spitzenkandidaten (Lead Contenders) for President of the European Commission.
European Union Digital Champions call on presidential candidates to present a digital strategy fit for the 21st century.
They are writing to him in their capacity as advisers to the European Commission in the field of digital agenda. Against this backdrop, they firmly believe that the next president of the European Commission needs to be a digital president, uniting behind this four point agenda.
1. There is no “digital economy” – the economy is digital. The Internet and digital communications are general purpose technologies, transforming our economies as profoundly as the steam engine did in the 18th century or electricity did in the 19th century. This calls for the next European Commission leader to streamline the digital portfolio across all key dossiers and ultimately taking the responsibility for success in this crucial area.