The EU must develop new policies for the data economy

By Anna Björk, Johannes Mikkonen, and Atte Ojanen, Demos Helsinki

The European Union’s focus on digitalisation

Digitalisation, continuously in progress, transforms the very fundamental structures of our economies and societies. On September 15, 2021, the European Commission published its State of the Union and, along with it, a Path to the Digital Decade. The EU wants “to be digitally sovereign in an open and interconnected world, and to pursue digital policies that empower people and businesses to seize a human centred, sustainable and more prosperous digital future”. This positioning is yet another opening for the Commission, and the EU as a whole, to link digitalisation with the sustainable green transition.

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