Digital Day, the digital part of the official celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, took place in Rome, on 23 March 2017. The event was organised by the European Commission and the Republic of Italy, in collaboration with the Maltese Presidency of the European Union and looked at topics that impact the near and long term future of EU citizens.

Building on the European Coal and Steel Community, the Treaties of Rome signed 60 years ago planted the seed of what became the European Union and have brought peace, economic prosperity and social progress. Today, digital is to Europe what coal and steel were 6 decades ago. It has the same huge potential to improve peoples' lives, to reinventing our way of working and to raise investments in the future, bringing huge economic potential for European innovation. Digital will strengthen European economy and society so that business can thrive in the global digital transformation.

Celebrating the Treaties of Rome and looking into our common digital future, the Digital Day has put Europe’s digital challenges and future in the spotlight. It explored the exponentially increasing role of digital in daily life of Europeans, their economy and society.


The event was organised around industrial competitiveness and societal challenges, and it brought together Ministers, high-level representatives and key stakeholders in four different sessions:

click on the icon to go to the hpc workshop page

click on the icon to go to the digitising european industry workshop page

click on the icon to go to the connected and automated mobility workshop page

click on the icon to go to the impact of digital on skills and jobs workshop page

Have a look at the full agenda.

Announcements and outcomes

The Digital Day was the occasion for the launch of the new European Interoperability Framework.

Ministers signed declarations committing to concrete progress in high performance computing and connected and automated mobility. They drove forward the digitisation of European industry and addressed the social dimension of the digital single market. All the main announcements are summarized in the related press release.

You can watch the recordings of all the sessions and video testimonials of key participants on the Digital Single Market Youtube channel.

To scroll through the highlights of the online debate, take a look at the Twitter Moments collections. You can also watch Facebook live chats with several ministers and keynote speakers.

Have a look at the results of online polls related to the topics of the sessions: HPC, Digital Skills, Digitising industry and Connected mobility.

Side events

Several side events took place:

  • 24 March 2017

    • A high level roundtable on the main challenges for cybersecurity in the energy system;
    • A seminar on "Individual responsibility and collective trust in the age of social media";
  • 25 March 2017

    • The concert "The sound of a dream" will celebrate in music 60 years of peace and cultural integration.

Please find more information on the side events.