Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


Digital Champions meet at least twice a year and more often virtually. Agendas and reports are available in this section
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19-20 March 2014

6th Digital Champions Meeting - Agenda


Wednesday 19 March


Growing National Coalition for Digital Jobs

Chaired by Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director Cooperation, DG CONNECT


Networking Lunch

Grand Coalition workshop continued

Chaired by Lucilla Sioli Head of the Knowledge base Unit (F4), DG CONNECT
16:00-16:15Coffee break


Young Advisors+ Digital Champions EU Code Week brainstorming

Chaired by Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director Cooperation, DG CONNECT


Informal Networking


Thursday 20 March


Digital Champions meeting with Neelie Kroes

Chaired by Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director Cooperation, DG CONNECT

  • VP Kroes top priorities for 2014 and discussion

Coffee break


Kick-starting the Startup Europe Manifesto

Chaired by Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Head of the Stakeholders Unit, DG CONNECT and Isidro Laso Ballesteros Head of the Startup Europe sector, DG CONNECT

External stakeholders: European Digital Forum (Ann Mettler, Lisbon Council Think-tank)and the Startup Europe Partnership (Alberto Onetti, Mind the Bridge)

13:00-14:00Lunch break
14:00-15:00Digital Champions discussion
15:00Conclusions and Departure

25-26 November 2013

5th Digital Champions Meeting - Agenda


Monday 25 November
12:30-13:30Arrival and Registration



Meeting with Vice-President Neelie Kroes

Chaired by Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director Cooperation, DG CONNECT




  • Welcome
  • Presentation of the three new DCs (IT, LV, HR)
  • European Council on Digital Economy update
  • EU Start-Up Manifesto / Leaders Club



Tour de table

What are Digital Champions' plans for 2014 and how they use the European Council conclusions to push their agenda forward?

15:25-15:30Wrap up

Coffee break



Operational meeting

chaired by Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director Cooperation

  • Updates since previous meeting
  • Presentation of Coding Week by Alja Isakovic, Young Advisor from Slovenia


Information and discussion points

  • Structural Funds by representative from DG Regio
  • H2020, including funding and CAF (Carlos Oliveira, F3)
  • Grand Coalition (Martin Ulbrich, F4)
  • Scoreboard and statistics (Lucilla Sioli, HoU F4)

Meeting with Robert Madelin, Director-General DG CONNECT

  • Priorities for 2014
  • Discussion and feedback

Get-together with the Young Advisors


Tuesday 26 November



Meeting with DG CONNECT – Opening Up Education and You

hosted by Pat Manson, Head of the Inclusion, Skills and Youth Unit., DG CONNECT

  • Building on the discussion at the DAA and the webinar on Opening Up Education, this part of the meeting will focus on discussing challenges/drivers and best way forward in the respective countries.
12:30Meeting ends

18 June 2013

4th Digital Champions Meeting - Draft Agenda

Dublin, Dublin Castle

Report of the meeting

Digital Champions' presentation of projects per country


Welcome by Linda Corugedo Steneberg

  • Welcome to new DCs;
  • Update since previous meeting;
  • Brief overview of the various activities in the margins of DAA and DC participation and involvement.

Highlights from 2013 & future challenges for DG CONNECT by Robert Madelin, Director-General

  • Preparation for the October European Council (EU Single market for electronic communication);
  • Grand Coalition on Jobs;
  • Q&A

Elevator-pitch style presentation

  • ideas on How to Overcome the Obstacles in Completing the Digital Single Market in Order to Stimulate Economic Growth and Jobs
  • Tour de table. Presentation of on an interesting idea, initiative or project that the DC is developing or is involved in their country.

Short reaction/discussion on the initiatives/ideas presented

18:25Summary of ideas to be presented to Neelie Kroes
18:30Meeting ends

18 December 2012

3rd Digital Champions Meeting

Summary of the meeting here.

Minutes of the meeting (pdf).

Draft Agenda

Brussels, Berlaymont Building

08:30Arrival and Registration
09:00Welcome from Chairperson: Linda Corugedo Steneberg
Director for Cooperation, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Priorities for DG CONNECT in 2013 and beyond
Robert Madelin, Director General DG CONNECT

10:00Coffee Break

Connecting Europe Facility and the regulatory framework, Q&A
Gerard de Graaf, Director, DG CONNECT


The grand coalition on jobs and Horizon 2020, Q&A
Megan Richards, Director, DG CONNECT


Sustainable and secure future (E-government, e-health, e-sustainability, security), Q&A
Paul Timmers, Director, DG CONNECT


DG CONNECT Futures 2050
Franco Accordino, Coordinator Digital Futures, DG CONNECT

12:15 Speed Dating Presentations
  • Startup Weekend -Deborah Rippol - European Coordinator
  • Telecentres Europe - Mara Jakobsone, Chair, Telecentre-Europe
  •  - Cheryl Miller, Founder
14:30Discussion with Vice-President Kroes and Digital Champions
 Discussion: Rebuilding Europe's economy by getting every European Digital in 2013 – what more can we achieve together?
16:00 Conclusions and departure

19 September 2012

Working Dinner, 20:00

Summary of the meeting (pdf 91 Kb)



Welcome from Gergana Passy
Digital Champion Bulgaria



Welcome from Linda Corugedo Steneberg
Director for Cooperation, DG CONNECT, European Commission




Discussion: Planning for 2012 -2013:
Exchange of views on different steps being taken to develop Digital Champion plans, identification and involvement of resources (financial and human) to help implement the plans

Chair: Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director for Cooperation, DG CONNECT, European Commission




Update and discussion on Going Local activities and how Going Local can help the Champions work




Any other business

25 June 2012


See the summary report of the meeting of the 25 of June 2012 (pdf 138KB).

High level meeting with the Digital Champions
10:30Arrival and registration
11:00Welcome message
Neelie Kroes, Vice President European Commission, responsible for Digital Agenda
11:20The UK situation
Martha Lane-Fox, UK Digital Champion
11:20 The Digital Agenda in Europe
Megan Richards, Acting Deputy Director-General, DG CONNECT
11:30My big idea
Chris Conder, B4RN , Community representative , United Kingdom
 How can Digital Champions help deliver jobs and growth in Europe?
Moderator: Linda Corugedo Steneberg; Director DG CONNECT
 Conclusions and next meeting
13:00Networking Lunch with the DG CONNECT Going Local Ambassadors
Operational Workshop with Digital Champions
14:00Working together: DG CONNECT and the Digital Champions
Robert Madelin, Director General DG CONNECT
14:30Introducing the workshop
Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director DG CONNECT
14:45Personalizing the Digital Champion Role in EU Member States
Graham Colclough, Vice President - Global Public Sector, Capgemini

Graham will talk about the newly published report on Digital Champions commissioned for the UK Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox. Capgemini Consulting was commissioned to undertake an independent evaluation of the work of the UK Digital Champion and team over the last two and a half years.
 Breakout Discussion: Personalising the DC role in your Country
 Plenary Feedback and discussion: Operationalising the DCs across Europe
17:00end of the meeting