Financial Services in the Digital Age: How Strengthened Digital Identity Will Open Markets, Drive Innovation and Deliver Growth

What role will electronic identification and e-signatures play in the emerging digital single market? How can common electronic identity standards facilitate the rise of cross-border financial services? How can Europe’s new eIDAS regulation become the backbone of a better, stronger and deeper single market for the digital age?

To answer these timely questions, the European Digital Forum launches Financial Services in the Digital Age: How Strengthened Digital Identity Will Open Markets, Drive Innovation and Deliver Growth. The policy brief – which sets out a seven-step programme for improving online identity procedures as a way of facilitating greater single-market access – was formally launched at the High-Level Conference on a New Leap in the eIDAS Journey: New Trust Services for a Digital Single Market chaired by Andrus Ansip, vice-president of the European Commission for the digital single market.

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Reinventing Public Service Delivery

In 2015-2016, 12 students from the College of Europe were competitively selected to take part in a project on state transformation. They were divided into three teams of four students. Working together with Accenture, the College of Europe and the Lisbon Council, each team was asked to evaluate the challenges of a state agency.

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From Startup to Scale-Up: Growing Europe’s Digital Economy

What does it take for European companies to move from the “startup” to “scale-up” phase? Why do so many European firms remain static and what prevents them from becoming global champions and driving the growth and jobs Europe so badly needs? To answer these heated and timely questions, the European Digital Forum launches From Startup to Scale-Up: Growing Europe’s Digital Economy. Aimed at contributing useful ideas to the Investment Plan for Europe put forward by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the policy brief analyses the places where company-growth financing breaks down in Europe and proposes a ten-point plan for fixing the European “funding escalator.” The policy brief was formally launched at Startup Europe Summit 2016 in Berlin at a high-level panel of leading venture capitalists.

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Text and Data Mining for Research and Innovation

The Lisbon Council launches Text and Data Mining for Research and Innovation: What Europe Must Do Next, an interactive policy brief which looks at the challenge and opportunity of text and data mining in a European context. Building on the Lisbon Council’s highly successful 2014 paper, which served as an important and early source of evidence on the uptake and interest in text and mining among academics worldwide, the paper revisits the data two years later and finds that recent trends have only accelerated. Concretely, Asian and U.S. scholars continue to show a huge interest in text and data mining as measured by academic research on the topic. And Europe’s position is falling relative to the rest of the world. The paper looks at the legal complexity and red tape facing European scholars in the area, and call for wholesale reform. The paper was prepared for and formally submitted as part of the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain and on the ‘Panorama Exception.’

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The Euro Plus Monitor Spring 2016 Update

The Lisbon Council and Berenberg jointly release The Euro Plus Monitor Spring 2016 Update, the latest installment of the bi-annual competitiveness ranking of 18 eurozone countries (plus Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom). Subtitled “Economic Progress Amid Rising Political Risk,” the report was launched at a high-level summit in the presence of Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the euro and social dialogue.

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The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard

How is Europe faring on startups? A lot has been spoken about the need to do more to improve the ecosystem for startups, entrepreneurs and “scale-up” organisations. But is anything really happening in the 28 European Union member states where progress most needs to be seen? In this ground-breaking study, the European Digital Forum looks at The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard: How European Union Countries are Improving Policy Frameworks and Developing Powerful Ecosystems for Entrepreneurs. The policy brief sets up a framework for tracking progress on the Startup Manifesto, a 22-action roadmap published in 2014 by eight leading European entrepreneurs. The product of a unique crowdsourcing exercise involving national experts in 25 countries, the new study looks at progress from a policymaking standpoint. Who is doing most to create a better environment for startups? And who needs to do more? The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard was formally launched at CeBIT 2016, the global event for digital business in Hanover, Germany, in the presence of Günther Oettinger, European commissioner for digital economy and society, who joined the Opening Plenary hosted by the European Digital Forum.

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