The COVID-19 crisis has shown that digital technologies are essential to our economy and daily lives. Many in Europe made a major “digital leap” during this crisis, moving their work, schooling and social lives online. But the lockdowns also revealed the gaps in our digital infrastructure. We must ensure that people are not left behind.
In July 2020 European leaders struck a historic deal for €750 bn to restart our continent’s economy, 20% of which must be invested in digital. This is an impressive statement of intent: Europe’s recovery will take us forward, not back.
But as Member States put together their national plans, what are the digital investments that will drive our continent forward, accelerate our transition to climate neutrality, modernise our health systems, and give our citizens the tools and skills they need to thrive in the digital age?
On 21 October we invite you to join our distinguished speakers at a high-level summit to discuss these questions and more.
That day will also mark the publication of our Digital Investment Plan for Europe. It includes visionary cross-border digital project ideas, as well as concrete case studies from DIGITALEUROPE members showing how it can be done.
14:00 – 14:05: Welcome and setting the scene by Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE
14:05 – 14:15: Introduction of DIGITALEUROPE’s Digital Investment Plan for Europe by Hilary Mine, President of DIGITALEUROPE and VP at Nokia
14:20 – 14:45: Minister of State for Economy and Digital Affairs for Portugal, Pedro Siza Vieira, in conversation
14:45 – 15:25: Panel discussion: How to make the digital recovery a reality.
• Frédéric Bernard, Head of Cabinet to President of the European Council, Charles Michel
• Eva Maydell, MEP (European People’s Party)
• Anthony Whelan, Digital Adviser, Cabinet of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
• Anja Monrad, Chair of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board; Senior VP at Dell Technologies and Executive Board Member at DIGITALEUROPE
• Ulf Pehrsson, VP and Head of Government & Industry Relations at Ericsson and Executive Board Member at DIGITALEUROPE
15:30 – 15:55: Minister for the Economy and Digitalisation for Austria, Margarete Schramböck, in conversation
15:55 – 16:00: Closing remarks by Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE