Why this Manifesto?

The world we live in today is radically different from our reality only ten years ago. Our social and economic activities are shifting towards the net and future advances in technology will only speed up this development.

Europe has been the birthplace of world-changing revolutions, such as the industrialisation, and it has been a centre of innovation for many centuries. While Europe is still at the forefront of innovation and research in many areas, European digital players seem to have difficulties scaling up to the same extent as their competitors. The most valuable global companies of today are digital players – and are born either in the US or China.

Growing a strong and independent digital industry is fundamental to ensure Europe’s economic prosperity in the future. Even more so, digital sovereignty may be a necessity to maintain our free and democratic societies.

Building on Europe's strength

The European Union is the economically most prosperous union of states in the world. Europe is home to innovative companies, to outstanding basic research and has a strong industrial base. We are also home to a well-educated workforce and offer the highest standard of living worldwide. Furthermore, Europe is the continent which guarantees most freedom, equal opportunities and security to its citizens – while following a sustainable approach and environmental consciousness. One pillar of Europe’s success are small and medium sized companies (SMEs): They make up 99% of all businesses in the European Union. From 2013 until today, SMEs provided approximately 85% of new jobs and accounted for over two thirds of the total employment on the continent.  SMEs are integrated in local communities and active on global markets at the same time.

Moving ahead in the digital century

Europe should have the confidence to build on the potential of innovation, creativity and autonomy of its citizens and companies. DIGITAL SME believes that the European Union needs to apply strategic thought to use the opportunities of the digital revolution to the fullest. It is time to understand our strengths, to build on them and to create the right conditions for our companies to flourish. Only a thriving digital industry with strong small and medium sized companies can help Europe regain its digital sovereignty and take full advantage of the digital revolution.