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ARTICLE27 October 2021

Business in D9+ share ambition to enable further digital and green innovation  

Business organisations present a joint statement to the D9+ Ministerial meeting, Luxembourg, October 27, 2021, which highlights that D9+ ambitions matter to business and a green, digital transition.  

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The Digital 9+ group of governments (D9+) represent the most digitally advanced Member States in the European Union (EU). As key industry representatives in the D9+ countries, the following national business associations support the ambition of a green and digital transition. The shape of Europe’s digital future matters. We envisage an open, more competitive, smarter low carbon economy, a safe and trustworthy digital environment, with a sustainable enterprise base that provides quality jobs and enables a high quality of life. We envisage an outward looking, dynamic, and successful EU, that provides the conditions for organisations and individuals to adapt to technological and environmental change and reach their full potential.

We welcome and encourage the ongoing joint efforts by our national government Ministers, as the D9+, to proactively promote and enable further digital and green innovation both at home and across the EU, strengthening our collective economic recovery, resilience, and welfare. We acknowledge the EU climate action commitments to 2030 and 2050; the European Commission proposal establishing the 2030 Policy Programme, “Path to the Digital Decade”; and several legislative proposals aimed at enabling the digital transition including proposed Data and AI Act. We welcome the European Council Conclusions of 21-22 October which underline the EU’s goal to enable digital transformation to drive economic growth, job creation and competitiveness.

In this context the following D9+ business federations from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic and Sweden (VBO FEB, DI, Estonian Employers Confederation, EK, IBEC, FEDIL, VNO NCW, Lewiatan, SP, CIP and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise) , would like to offer support to the Ministerial discussions on October 27. In the attached joint statement, there are recommendations to policy makers around current legislative files, including proposed AI and Data Act, that could better enable a shared green and digital transition. Both areas have been identified as supporting a green digital transition. 

Please read the joint statement here.

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