ND Digital Single Market Summit


The one-day summit will bring together major thinkers from the public and private sectors to debate the public policy responses necessary to ensure that Europe fully adapts to the digitization of the economy and that it is harnessed to enhance competitiveness, drive growth and job creation. 



10:00   Opens

10:15   Jonathan Hill, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union and part of the Digital Single Market Project Team(TBC)

10:30 Panel One: Can the EU deliver ecommerce?

This discussion will look at the measures needed to create a real Single Market for Shoppers. Why has Europe failed to create this so far? What are the realities of the market? What are the real barriers? What should policy makers’ objectives be?

  • Vicky Ford MEP, Chair Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
  • Stefan Krawczyk, Associate General Counsel & Head Government Relations EMEA, eBay Inc.
  • DS Park, VP Global Policy, Samsung
  • Maria Rehbinder, Head of Unit E4/ Business-to-Business Services, DG GROW, European Commission

Moderator: Duncan Robinson, Financial Times

11:30   Coffee

11:45 Leader address by Syed Kamall MEP, Leader ECR

12:00 Panel Two: How can regulation encourage investment in networks?

Without high-speed and quality networks it will be impossible for Europeans, both businesses and consumers, to benefit from digitalization. Europe will be left behind its competitors. This panel will examine what sort of regulatory framework is required to incentivize this much needed investment.

Keynote speech: Len Cali, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T

  • Eric Mamer, Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Oettinger, European Commission (TBC)
  • Lidia Kozlowska, BEREC Vice-Chair
  • Ian Duncan MEP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Energy and Research
  • Robert Pepper, Vice President Public Policy, Cisco

Moderator: Duncan Robinson, Financial Times

13:00   Networking Lunch


14:00   Panel Three: Digitalization and EU competitiveness - Industry 4.0 and M2M

The digitalization of European industry and the advent of machine2machine technologies present a major challenge and opportunity. This panel will examine the opportunities that exist and what needs to be done to ensure that regulation does not encumber their adoption.

  • Hans-Olaf Henkel MEP, Vice President, Committee on Industry, Energy and Research
  • Steven Tas, Chairman of the Board, ETNO
  • Peter Olson, Head of European Affairs, Ericsson
  • Lord Callanan, Member Information Committee
  • Max Lemke, Head of Unit Complex Systems & Advanced Computing, European Commission

Moderator: Alexandros Koronakis, Director, New Europe

15:00   Coffee

15:30 Panel Four: Putting the DSM in a global context

Europe is focused on regaining global digital leadership. The DSM strategy is however very inward looking. Europe must not lose sight of the fact that the digital economy is global and that taken measures in Europe will only go some way to ensuring European competitiveness. This panel will examine developments from around the world and see what lessons can be learned that could be applied to Europe.

  • Gerard Pogorel, Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech
  • Adriana Labardini Inzunza, Commissioner, IFT Mexico
  • Roslyn Layton Ph.D, Fellow Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies, Aalborg University
  • Brendan Carr,  Senior Advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

Moderator: Alexandros Koronakis, Director, New Europe

16:30 CLOSING REMARKS by UK Government Representative

16:45 ENDS


The summit will take place from 10:00-16:45 at Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Bruxelles, in the Maelbeek Room.


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