New EU tech package will help UK businesses “compete on world stage”

EU Commission and UK government have announced strategy for companies to access technologies such as cloud computing and IoT

The EU Commission has outlined plans for a tech package that will help businesses, including those in the UK, to embrace the “fourth industrial revolution” by getting better access to various technologies.

The package – which includes improving access to cloud computing and services, data analytics and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) – will aim to enhance the reputation of UK businesses in the research, technology and industrial sectors on the world stage.

The four suggested areas of working include supporting collaboration between UK and EU high value manufacturing, and making scientific data generated by the Horizon 2020 programme open by default.

The strategy also includes introducing priorities for ICT standardisation to make it easier for British businesses to operate in the single market, and to modernise public administration to make it easier for UK businesses to access government services of other European countries.

The UK government has said it will now consider the proposals to ensure the package works for the UK industry, although it is unlikely the country will still benefit from the deal in the event of a Brexit.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, business minister, commented:

“The fourth industrial revolution will fundamentally change the way we do business in this country. As with previous industrial revolutions, the expectation must be that the net effect will be positive for almost everyone.”

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