Summary of Rewiring Europe

Five Priorities for a Lasting Digital Economy

Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies,

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As the digital economy grows, how can policy makers promote a coherent, unified European market?


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European nations recognize the importance of building a coherent, unified digital market, but creating a “digital single market” comes with a specific set of challenges. In this detailed report, Joakim Wernberg and Jacob Dexe of the Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies offer an in-depth analysis of the rise of the modern digital economy and the significance of urban markets. They articulate “five priorities” which would help promote a strong, integrated digital market. getAbstract recommends this report to policy makers and business leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How digitization has reshaped everyday life since the mid-1990s,
  • How the European Union can leverage urban digital markets to help support a unified digital economy and
  • What “five priorities” policy makers hoping to create a digital single market must address.


Today, the line between the so-called “real” economy and the digital economy is increasingly negligible. “General-purpose technologies” now allow content to stand separate from “physical form.” Uber’s digital platform, for example, enables individuals worldwide to engage in ride-sharing without the ...
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About the Authors

Joakim Wernberg is a PhD student in economic geography and innovation studies at CIRCLE, Lund University. Jacob Dexe is a researcher in public policy and information and communication technology at SICS Swedish ICT.

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