Eu DIgital Summit

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Opening the digital economy

9h30 – 9h40

Welcoming words

Arnaud Thysen
Director General, European Business Summits

9h40 – 10h00

Plenary Session – Opening UP THE DIGITAL ecosystems

Regulation of digital is key to create a competitive, sustainable, and resilient European economy. Adapting to the digital age while shaping it holds many challenges and opportunities for stakeholders.

    • What is the European Union’s vision and strategy for the digital ecosystem?
    • How will the EU open up platforms, secure access to data, enforce interoperability and portability and, at the same time, foster innovation?
A conversation with:

Ivan Bartos
Deputy Prime Minister for Digitalization, Czech Republic

Bruno Liebhaberg
Director General, CERRE

10h00 – 10h15

Fireside chat – EU values in digital: which way ahead?

    • What is the European Parliament’s vision and strategy for the digital ecosystem, from AI to cryptocurrencies and cybersecurity?
    • How will the EU regulate new digital technologies, in a way that safeguards both innovation and consumers?
A conversation with:

Eva Kaili
Vice President of the European Parliament

Bruno Liebhaberg
Director General, CERRE

10h15 – 11h00

DMA – Everything is in the enforcement

The recently adopted Digital Markets Act (DMA) establishes a set of criteria defining so-called “gatekeepers” in order to regulate digital markets and rein in abuses of dominant positions. The Act’s implementation will be critical and particularly complex.

    • How will the European Commission prepare internally and drive the creation of a compliance and enforcement ecosystem across the Union?
    • Where will the necessary dialogue with business and other stakeholders take place?

Alberto Bacchiega
Director for Information, Communication & Media, DG COMP

Damien Gerard
Prosecutor General, Belgian Competition Authority

Amelia Fletcher
Research Fellow, CERRE, and Professor of Competition Policy, Norwich Business School

Moderated by:
Javier Espinoza
Financial Times Correspondent

11h00 – 11h15


11h15 – 12h15

How to turn Human-centric Artificial Intelligence into reality?

AI represents a huge potential for society, but this goes together with risks. The European approach to AI aims at making the EU a world-leading hub in AI while making sure that it contributes to building a trustworthy and human-centric environment. In this context, the AI Act proposed aims at imposing a new risk-assessment, while an AI Liability Directive will be presented later this year.
    • How to take full advantage of the opportunities AI technologies offer, in a way that safeguards privacy and human rights?
    • Which investments and data policies are needed to harness the full potential of AI?

Lucilla Sioli
Director for Artificial Intelligence, DG CONNECT

Svenja Hahn
Member of the European Parliament

Christian Borggreen
Vice President, CCIA

Jens-Henrik Jeppesen
Senior Director Corporate Affairs, EMEA & APJ, Workday

Miriam Buiten
Research Fellow, CERRE, and Assistant Professor of Law and Economics, University of St. Gallen

Moderated by: 
Luca Bertuzzi
Euractiv Correspondent

12h15 – 13h15

Networking Lunch

13h15 – 14h15

Is there a future for the transatlantic tech partnership?

The transatlantic relationship will be crucial to developing the EU’s digital agenda. The arrival of the Biden administration has allowed to relaunch the EU-US collaboration, however significant challenges remain.

    • Can the EU and the US align behind shared objectives and initiatives?

Gerard de Graaf
Director for Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT

Bernd Lange
Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the INTA Committee

Eric Loeb
Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, Salesforce

Bruno Liebhaberg
Director General, CERRE

Moderated by: 
Javier Espinoza
Financial Times Correspondent

14h15 – 14h35

Fireside chat: The digitalisation of SME's

Entrepreneurship plays an important role in the economy as a driver of innovation, job creation and economic growth. Therefore, everyone should have the opportunity to start a business. This requires the creation of inclusive entrepreneurship policies, in order to increase awareness, build motivations and most importantly address market, institutional or behavioural failures that disproportionately affect people in under-represented and disadvantaged groups.

    • How to make entrepreneurship more inclusive and accessible to all?
    • What are the policies needed?
    • What role can digitalisation and new technologies play?

Maryam Mujica
Vice President for Public Policy, Shopify

Moderated by: 
Dave Keating
France 24 Correspondent

14h35 – 14h50

Fireside chat: Should data protection rules be changed?

What future for data protection in Europe? Should the rules and institutional design be updated? 

Wojciech Wiewiórowski
European Data Protection Supervisor

Moderated by: 
Luca Bertuzzi
Euractiv Correspondent

14h50 – 14h55

Keynote speech: Protecting Consumers and democracy in the digital age

Didier Reynders
EU Commissioner for Justice

14h55 – 15h15


15h15 – 16h15

Are standards a new geopolitical tool?

Standardisation is key to maximise the interoperability of systems and devices, and thereby ensures that markets remain open. On a global level, it can boost open collaboration between the EU and its partners, for instance in the development of 6G. However, standards are more and more politicized. Illustrating the geostrategic dimension of the digital world, they have become strategic issues.

    • How can we develop an approach that allows good governance and innovation without being captured by strategic interests?

Elena Santiago Cid
Director General, CEN CENELEC

Michael Eslamian
Vice President & Corporate Officer, Standardization & Industry Development Europe, Huawei Technologies

Pierre Larouche
Research Fellow, CERRE, and Professor of Competition Law, University of Montréal

Moderated by:
Jennifer Baker
EU Tech Reporter

16h15 – 17h15

Boosting Europeans’ digital skills

Europe is investing on an unprecedented scale to meet its ambitious digital targets for 2030, which are a cornerstone of the recovery. Both the public and private sector have essential roles to play.

    • How to bridge the digital divide?
    • What is needed to facilitate digital investments?
    • How to ensure fast and thorough digitalisation of the economies, including SMEs?

Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva
Director for Innovation, Digital Education, International Cooperation, DG EAC

Ellen Helsper
Professor of Digital Inequalities, LSE

Victor Negrescu
Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur of the Shaping Digital Education policy file

Ania Helseth
Strategic Policy Manager EU Affairs, Meta

Moderated by:
Beatriz Rios
Luxemburg Times Correspondent

17h15 – 17h35

What future for platform workers?

In light of the Platform Work Directive and the recent action of member states such as France and Spain which fined platform companies for abusing the self-employed status of their workers, the question of how to ensure the respect of workers’ social rights while promoting competition, growth and innovation is more pressing than ever.
    • What future for platform workers?
    • Is algorithmic management the future of work?

      A conversation with:

Nicolas Schmit
EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

Bruno Liebhaberg
Director General, CERRE

Closing remarks

Arnaud Thysen
Director General, European Business Summits