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Seminar - Aligning regional investment to digital enablers for future growth

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On the 24th of September 2014 the seminar debated the increasing importance of ICTs for users, in order to understand the level of EU support and how to further improve it.

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Date: 
24/09/2014
Venue: 
Brussels, Belgium

The seminar held on 24/09 proved very productive. Here are the results and proposed follow-up actions:

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The seminar is organised by the European Commission, in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions.

The seminar aims to collect your ideas, analyse the challenges and possible solutions you identify in order to define specific actions including the use of financial tools to optimise the setting up of ICT infrastructures, the implementation of digital applications for services focusing on facilitating growth and jobs.

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24th September 2014 - From 9:30 CEST

Stakeholders representing the partner institutions highlighted the importance of the Digital Single Market, strong attachment to fair competition, better pricing and better infrastructure, stronger consumers' rights, secure and reliable electronic communication. There is proof that local actors are aware of digital tools, skills and infrastructures as an economical enabler for reinvigorating the European market and as a powerful driver of sustainable growth and employment.

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Location

The Seminar will be held in:

Committee of Regions
EESC, Jacques Delors building
Room JDE 62
Rue Belliard, 99
Brussels
Belgium

Provisional agenda

French version

 

9:00-9:30RegistrationWelcome Coffee
9:30-10:00Welcome AddressesH. Malosse, President, EESC
J. Buriánek, Secretary General, CoR
R. Madelin, Director General, European Commission, DG CONNECT
10:00-10:10Outline of the dayModerator: J. London, DEMOS Group
The movers and Shakers
10:10-11:10Digital enablers for SMEsChair: A. Nietyksza, EESC
Panel:
  • Z. Bellak, Eurocloud Hungary
  • S. Van Uffelen, CEO of Ericsson, Digital champion
  • G. Rennison, Scottish Enterprise, Innovation Vouchers
  • W. Bartoszewski, Vice President, Exatel
11:10-12:10Digital Urban and Rural DevelopmentChair: A Nica, CoR, Mayor of Dudestii Noi
Panel:
  • J. Olbrycht, MEP BUDG, REGI Committees
  • C. McColgan, ENGAGE
  • M. Ek, Swedish Local Fibre Alliance
  • P. Pluta, Cisco
12:10-12:40Barriers, challenges and solutions - voting and networkingModerator: J. London, DEMOS Group
12:40-13:40Lunch
13:40-14:00Tools for a shift in policy - Presenting seminar statement from the EESC and CoR stakeholdersModerator: J. London, DEMOS Group
14:00-14:20The way forward: looking for practical solutionsN. Kroes, Vice President, European Commission
14:20-14:40Coffee Break
Shifting Policy to the 21st Century
14:40-15:30What can we do: Connected Communities, technical assistance and funding

Chair: A. Krzyzanowska, DG CONNECT
Panel:

  • C. Conder, B4RN
  • K. Reppel, DG REGIO
  • A. Bohlin, EIB
  • J. Bezzina, World Bank
15:30-16:00Closing remarks - How can we propose and reinforce policy solutionsN. Popens, DG REGIO
M. Markkula, CoR
S. Buffetaut, EESC

 

 

 

 

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Dr Nancy Pascall