Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Publications about Digital champions

The Digital Champions are ambassadors for the Digital Agenda for Europe who are appointed by their Member States to help every European become digital. Each member state has defined their own Champion’s role, but in essence it is to promote the role and use of information and communication technologies by connecting people, policies and sectors. This leaflet showcases some of the major achievements of the Digital Champions over the past two years. Read more
The EU Digital Champions urge Commission presidential candidates to put forward a digital strategy fit for the 21st century. They call on contenders to unite behind a four-point agenda to transform Europe into a connected, wired and dynamic continent. Read more
The Digital Champions (DC) Expert Group met on 19- 20 March in Brussels. It was the sixth time that the group had met and 14 Champions participated. The previous meeting took place in November 2013 in Brussels. The DC meetings focused on three issues: Grand Coalition, EU Code Week and Startup Europe. The Champions also had a meeting with VP Neelie Kroes, a joint meeting with the Young Advisors as well as a meeting "entre eux". More on the discussion and conclusions you can read in the attached report. Read more
Leading European tech start-ups have tabled a manifesto for Europe's national leaders, and with the support of European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, the EU is launching at Davos a new think-tank and a new pan-European platform to pave the ground for the development of global champions from Europe. Read more

Digital Champions met for the fifth time on 25-26 November in Brussels. One of the objectives of the meeting was to hear the Champions' priorities for 2014 and to find synergies with those of Vice-President Kroes and DG CONNECT. Another aim was to inform the DCs about available funding, such as the Structural Funds and to ensure that they were up-to-date with the latest policy developments.

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Digital Champions met for the first time on the 25th June 2012 in Brussels.

You can read the report of the meeting and the conclusions in the document attached.


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Digital Champions met for the second time on the 19 September 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

You can read the report of the meeting and the conclusions in the document attached.

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There are many creative ways of making the point about the role digital networks play in today's economy. For David Puttnam, film-maker and also Ireland's Digital Champion, the situation today reminded him of a different, related topic people were discussing around 60 years ago. Read more

A study carried out by the European Commission has shown that bringing more women into digital jobs could create a €9 billion annual GDP boost in the EU. Policy change is especially needed because of an alarming drop in ICT female graduates (today only 29 out of every 1000 female graduate has a computing or related degree, and only 4 go on to work in ICT directly)

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The Digital Champions held their fourth meeting in the margins of the Digital Agenda Assembly 2013, which took place in Dublin between 18-20 June 2013. The discussion was focused on 4 topics: youth and education, jobs and skills, access/Wifi and better e-services.

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