From smart manufacturing to the industrial Internet of Things and embedded artificial intelligence (AI), the technology companies we represent have spearheaded the digitalisation of industry through large-scale incorporation of digital tech, connectivity and data into their operations and offerings. And the products, systems and services they produce are driving the broader innovation-led transformation of Europe’s economy and society.
But to extend the benefits of the digital transformation across our industries and truly unlock its potential for Europe as a whole, it is crucial to get the policy and regulatory framework right at EU level. Moreover, we need to foster an inclusive dialogue on the relationship between digital tech and societal challenges, so that European citizens not only accept but embrace the benefits this transformation can bring.
This is why Orgalim is at the forefront of all EU policy debates in the digital arena: providing recommendations on everything from the data regime to cybersecurity and digital infrastructures; and contributing the perspectives of our industries to discussions on how to boost investment in key technologies like AI or adapt education and training systems to a digitalised world of work.
Scroll down for an overview of our advocacy work in this area - and click here to view all Orgalim position papers on digital transformation.
Europe’s technology industries are global leaders in industrial artificial intelligence: embedded AI applications that are not only boosting the competitiveness of EU manufacturing, but are enabling new solutions to critical societal challenges, across areas as diverse as the energy transition, the future of mobility and healthcare. Orgalim advocates for a coordinated EU AI framework that encourages innovation, drives R&D&I investment in new technologies, and fosters a meaningful and positive dialogue on ethical and societal aspects of AI.
A secure cyberspace is a top priority for our industries: not only is it crucial for the success of the digital transformation, but it is also essential to protect economic interests and build public trust in the Digital Single Market. Orgalim advocates a unified EU approach to cybersecurity, with a framework that enables resilient, flexible and market-based cybersecurity solutions for a connected Europe.
In a digitalised economy, data is an essential raw material – and is already fuelling the creation of new business models in the technology industries and beyond. Orgalim promotes an innovation-friendly framework for the flow of non-personal data within the EU, based on the foundational principle of freedom of contract in business-to-business relations. We advocate the creation of a future-proof data framework that drives industry’s transformation while respecting fundamental rights and intellectual property.
The Europe-wide roll-out of high-speed state-of-the-art communication networks such as 5G and fibre optics will be vital if the EU is to foster a Gigabit Society and become a leader in the global digital transformation. Orgalim is active in promoting strong EU support for accelerating the deployment of broadband infrastructures through pooling and coordinating available funding instruments – both private and public investment, at EU and national level. This will not only support the digitalisation of our own sectors, but will help meet Europe’s goals of high-speed internet access for all.