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EFFRA Welcomes Commission Prioritisation of Smart Industry

Brussels, 25 March. EFFRA has today welcomed the European Commission’s prioritization of smart industry as an area for action in its Digital Single Market Strategy.

Today’s Commission’s announcement singles out the integration of new technologies and management of a transition to a smart industrial system as areas for action. This aligns to the existing strategic research agenda of the European Union’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership and to national strategies such as Industrie 4.0.

Speaking in response to the announcement EFFRA Executive Director Željko Pazin said “This is a very welcome and far-sighted decision by the Commission. Digitalisation in and around manufacturing is vital for European re-industrialisation and is already being addressed in the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership. However the Commission must match such prioritisation with all forms of support”.


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