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:
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.
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.