German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for more cooperation between EU member states and companies on digital development ahead of a meeting with French President Francois Hollande and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
With the competitiveness of the European Union on the meeting's agenda, Merkel said the German government would do everything it could to push digital progress and legislation on a European level.
The European leaders were to be joined by the chief executives of Europe's top 20 companies at the meeting in Berlin, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
The meeting is to focus on innovation and competitiveness in Europe as well as the region's drive to encourage European businesses to adopt digital technologies, Seibert said.
The entrepreneurs set to attend the meeting are members of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), which was formed in the early 1980s with the aim of promoting competition in the region.
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