Joost Van Iersel, President of the EESC section EMU and Economic and Social Cohesion:
The EU is on the right track, but we have to be aware that the rest of the world is extremely ambitious, which is the lesson from the past few years
Maria Koleva, Brussels
The world is more and more driven by data and data is a factor of the importance of oil in the past. Data is comparable to oil and gas. It’s everything. So, companies, states have to look after their interests and to get as much data and storage as possible. The US and China do exactly the same. It is more than that – they are ahead of Europe and that is the reason why the European institutions put nowadays such huge emphasis on digitalisation and big data.