The conference was opened and closed by Robert Madelin (@eurohumph), Director General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). Vice-President Andrus Ansip (@Ansip_EU), responsible for the Digital Single Market, and Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger (@GOettingerEU), responsible for the Digital Economy and Society, took part in the morning and afternoon sessions. Roberto Viola (@ViolaRoberto) and Zoran Stancic (@ZoranStancic), deputy Director Generals for DG CONNECT took part in the panel discussions.
There were debates on the four themes outlined below:
- Single Market 2.0 - Going digital - Today, a business trying to operate across the EU faces 28 national different systems; from data protection to e-commerce rules. This is costly – both for businesses and consumers – and means we are missing out on opportunities.
- An empowered, protected consumer - In a truly, connected Digital Single Market every consumer should be able to enjoy the same digital content and services – wherever they are in the EU. That requires building trust and confidence in the online world and removing barriers such as geo-blocking.
- Copyright fit for the digital age - Today, digital technology and copyright are closely interlinked , as technology plays a fundamental role in the way content is created, produced, distributed, accessed, and preserved. What are the challenges and opportunities for copyright in the face of digital technologies? Are our existing EU copyright rules fit for purpose?
- Smart Industry - Digital technologies play an essential role in value creation in all industrial sectors today, and they bring about radical transformation to every aspect of manufacturing and related services.
For further information please contact the DG CONNECT Stakeholder Unit.