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The European Commission presents its long-awaited ambitions for our digital future

After intense speculation and much anticipation, last week the European Commission unveiled the initial three building blocks which will contribute to forging a Europe fit for the digital age: A Communication: Shaping Europe's Digital Future; A White Paper on Artificial Intelligence: a European approach to excellence and trust and A Communication: A European strategy for data.

In a press conference on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stressed that the substance within the three documents lay the foundations for the EU’s ambition to create a single market for digital services, optimize its access to data and to fully grasp the opportunities Artificial Intelligence is providing.

Following Von der Leyen’s press statement, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton and Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager spoke in more detail about the papers:

Digital Strategy

Every citizen must reap the benefits digitization is offering, that was how Vestager introduced the digital strategy. “Technology should work for the people and not the other way around” and “companies of all sizes should compete on equal terms” were some of her comments acknowledging her stance on the accessibility for everyone to digital services and the way she wants to continue ensuring fair competition fighting against the market pow