France Digitale reveals its Manifesto
for the upcoming European Elections
Brussels and Paris, 29th of November, 2023
With its new European Manifesto, France Digitale is calling to grow a competitive, innovative and sustainable Europe in the next five years through an adequate consideration of its most disruptive innovators: startups and their investors.
Europe has faced a transformative last five years. With the Green Deal and its ambitious digital policies, the EU has become a regulatory power that inspires and leads the world in its transitions. The European Union has also faced multiple crises: from a Member State exiting the Single Market, to a global pandemic and two wars at our frontiers, the construction of a solidified and united Union has never been so important to weigh on international affairs.
Europe is built upon crises, to quote Jean Monnet, one of the EU founding fathers: despite all the external challenges, the EU has managed to consistently pursue its priorities. As Europeans are faced with diminishing purchasing power, rising inequalities and climate change, the EU is doing everything in its power to ensure its citizens are the first beneficiaries of a green and digital transformation. New regulations covering everything from the digital single market, artificial intelligence, sustainable reporting and technologies have created a framework for innovative companies to develop responsibly.
“Startups and their investors play an increasingly significant role in the transformation of the European society and economy. Despite this, they don’t get the same recognition and support of their counterparts in America and Asia, which makes their development more complex and hampers their competitiveness. It is now time for Europe to not only be a regulator but also a leading producer of innovation to preserve its competitiveness and achieve a sustainable economic transition. Let’s not be passive observers of the return of protectionism and pessimism. Europe is a continent of innovators: let’s prove it to the world!” says Maya Noël, managing director of France Digitale.
What European innovative businesses need, in a nutshell :
→ a truly unified European Single Market: harmonising business and labour laws to enable companies to develop their business throughout Europe from day one.
→ a more diverse workforce: leveraging accelerated visa procedures for third country nationals and harmonised stock options schemes to attract and retain the best talents
→ new sources of capital at all stages of development, from early stage to growth, all the way to exits to enable global tech leaders to develop and scale in Europe
→ a more effective innovation policy, aligning regulation and knowledge creation with market opportunities, to transform research into economic growth opportunities
→ a green agenda driven by innovation, to transform Europe with data-oriented innovation, green public procurement, improved reporting and circular economy
This is why France Digitale is calling, through this Manifesto, to grow a competitive, innovative and sustainable Europe in the next five years through an adequate consideration of its most disruptive innovators: startups and their investors. As Europe will face, in the next five years, new disruptions. This manifesto is a call for action.