digital economy


Our colleague, Michael Schroeder, makes a comment on yesterday’s vote at the European Parliament:

“The European Single Digital Gateway, which was put to a vote yesterday, is part of a broader agenda to bolster the accessibility of the EU Single Market, by creating a central hub for European compliance-based information and administration. The goal is to create a centralized access point that is integrated in the broader Your Europe portal. Hence, a company doing business in several member states would only have to report their data to one, as the data - once entered - can be re-used within the network, making people’s lives easier and reducing administrative costs. Moreover, this centralized approach simplifies the information and compliance procedures for companies, which is of paramount importance for the Single Market’s strategic attractiveness as start-ups and SMEs otherwise would leave to places with less administrative burden.

The crucial point and at the same time biggest chance of the Single Digital Gateway is however easy to miss and hidden deep in the 107 pages long draft: it creates a single-entry point to the European Union. It is hard to overestimate the importance of such a tool in times where secessionist voices are growing louder and louder: their central point is, that Brussels is too far away and detached from daily affairs. It is however hard to beat the proximity of the Single Digital Gateway to people’s lives, as they effectively are carrying their access and stake to the European Union - in form of their smartphones - in their pockets. In that sense it is at the same time a powerful answer to the Eurosceptic voices, as well as a tool to make lives easier for European Citizens, which is the Union’s ultimate legitimacy."


The 21st century has been long associated with the developments in technology and its worldwide impact. ICT carries both promise of significant improvement for society, as well as a threat of increasing technological inequality and market monopolization. The European Union's digital strategy is today the second most important area of our continent's development, alongside with the European Green Deal. In light of this, on June 2nd, 2020 the European Commission has initiated public consultation in two topics that are crucial for the digital future of Europe: Digital Services Act package consultations and new competition tool consultations. In support of this discussion, Instrat Foundation and European Horizons have partnered to present a high-level online panel with the purpose of hearing the voices of young EU students actively engaged in the future of the continent. The result of the panel will be a brief that will be handed over to policymakers and EU-Bubble decision-makers in early September. The list of panelists consists of:

  • Philipp Rombach, Germany, European Horizons Director of Policy and MSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

  • Emilia Michaluszko, Poland, Head of European Horizons Warsaw, BA student in Law and Finance.

  • Diane Forey, France, European Horizons Paris, MA student in French and Common Law.

  • Jan J. Zygmuntowski, Poland, Chairman of the Board at Instrat Foundation and Kozminski University PhD candidate.

  • Jan Penfrat, Belgium, Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights initiative, MA at College of Europe and Freiburg University.

  • Moderator: Karolina Zbytniewska, Editor-in-Chief at EURACTIV Poland, Marie Curie European Fellow in political science.


The event will be conducted in a zoom call by the Instrat Foundation. You can watch the panel live at the European Horizons Facebook page, and the videos will be published on the YouTube channels of both organizations.

Click here to register for the event!


Facebook: @europeanhorizons, @instrat

YouTube: @European Horizons, @Fundacja Instrat

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