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05 March 2020

European Commission: Shaping Europe's digital future: Eurobarometer survey shows support for sustainability and data sharing

The survey, released today, measured attitudes towards the impact of digitalisation on daily lives of Europeans in 27 EU Member States and the United Kingdom. It covers several different areas including digitalisation and the environment, sharing personal information, disinformation, digital skills and the use of digital ID.

Europeans want their digital devices to be easier to repair or recycle and are willing to share their personal information to improve public services, as a special Eurobarometer survey shows.

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said: “Our digital strategy is not about making Europe more like China or the US, but about making Europe more like herself. The new survey confirms that Europeans are aware of new opportunities which digital brings to their lives. But at the same time they also want better control over their digital identity and the way in which their data is used. Our strategy aims to make sure that we can fully reap the benefits that digital technologies offer to us.”  

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said: “Europeans are embracing the advantages of digital technologies and they are increasingly aware of the importance of secure data sharing and sustainability in the tech sector. It is a strong signal for us that the EU's digital strategy which puts people first and boosts the development of trustworthy tech, is also perceived as the right way to go. We are already working hard on making sure these opportunities become available across all Member States.”

Full press release on European Commission

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