The EU commission has released more objectives for the Digital agenda. The core of these are based on the promotion of 5 cutting edge technologies: 5G, cloud computing, internet of things, data technologies and cybersecurity. Why does the EU Commission still thinks that some pilot projects funded by public money and granted by bureaucrats sitting in Brussel will give Europe a leadership position in those technologies is an open question. When has the EU Commission succeeded with these kinds of initiatives before?