The Digital4EU Stakeholder Forum took place in Brussels on Thursday 25 February 2016. This one-day event, organised by the European Commission, was centred around the progress made in creating a Digital Single Market in Europe. The event was moderated by Gareth J. Mitchell, BBC Click presenter and lecturer at the Imperial College, London.

The Digital4EU poster announces the event on the 25 February 2016

Watch recordings from the Digital4EU event:

  • the EFSI session
  • the other sessions and
  • A video with the highlights of the morning, including Commissioner Oettinger's and the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU's speeches.


    • 8:00 – 8:30Registration for EFSI breakfast and welcome coffee

  • European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) mobilising digital projects breakfast

    • 8:30 – 9:30 

      This session will give participants up-to-date information about working practices of the European Investment Bank when working with European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) and other funds available to financing digital projects. Speakers from the European Commission and the European Investment Bank will present opportunities available to digital projects to benefit from the available funding.


    • Speakers

      • Anna Krzyzanowska, Head of Broadband Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission
      • Luciana Tomozei, Policy Advisor, Office of the Permanent Representative in Brussels, European Investment Bank
    • 8:30 – 9:40Registration & welcome coffee

  • Welcome by  moderator

  • Keynote speech

  • Keynote speech

    • 10.05 – 10:15

      Wepke Kingma, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU
  • Delivering the Digital Single Market - from the Digital Economy and Society Index to action

    • 10:15 – 11:25

      Embracing the digital economy will greatly benefit Europe's competitiveness and industrial leadership. To reap the benefits of a Digital Single Market, reforms are needed both at EU level as well as at national and regional level in Member States.
      The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is the main analytical tool developed by DG CONNECT to provide evidence input for the assessment of digital development in the EU as a whole as well as in Member States. The DESI combines more than 30 indicators to rank each country based on its digital performance. It is divided into five main dimensions reflecting relevant policy areas: Connectivity, Human Capital, Use of Internet (by citizens), Integration of digital technology (by businesses) and Digital public services. This panel will explore how the DESI can be used as the analytical framework to provide policy guidance to Member States in taking the necessary steps to reach a fully digital economy and society.
    • Panel discussion and Q&A

    • 11:25 – 11:45Coffee break

  • Keynote speech

  • The Digital Economy: data and computing opportunities for Europe

    • 12:00 – 13:10

      Citizens, national and regional authorities, research and education organisations and industry are called to engage in the digital transformation of the European Economy and Society for a sustainable development. From broadband connectivity to high-performance computing, the European Cloud initiative will support the emergence of such digital infrastructure to underpin the extraction of value from abundant and pervasive data.
      This session will address:

      • emerging business models which are based on data, and the related issues of data ownership and access, as well as at Internet of Things in terms of opportunities it creates and specific rules it might need
      • need for European action on data infrastructures including high performance computing, data storage and connectivity to promote interoperability and reduce fragmentation


    • Panel discussion and Q&A

    • 13:10 – 14:45Lunch

  • Innovate, start and scale-up

    • 14:45 – 15:55

      Startups and high growth businesses are disrupting industries with economical and societal implications. On the one hand, the majority of new Internet jobs, innovative services and products are created by high growth businesses and fast and lean startups. On the other hand the disruptions in traditional industries can have a negative impact on jobs.
      Undoubtedly the wave of startups driven by technological and business models related innovations is not going to stop. On the contrary it might accelerate due to the advent of the Internet of everything, powered by the Internet of things.
      This session will focus on the fragmentation of the European startup and scaleup ecosystems, the lack of engagement among large corporates and the startups communities. It will also look at measures to tackle these issues.
    • Panel discussion and Q&A

    • 15:55 – 16:15Coffee break

  • Platforms, is there a need to regulate?

    • 16:15 – 17:25

      In the autumn, the Commission sought views to formulate a comprehensive analysis of the social and economic role of platforms, market trends, the dynamics of platform-development and the various business models underpinning platforms.
      This session will focus on the first results of the consultations and ways forward.
    • Panel discussion and Q&A

      • Dr Annabelle Gawer, Professor of Digital Economy and Co-Director of the Surrey Centre for Digital Economy, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey
      • Stefan Krawczyk, Associate General Counsel & Head Government Relations International eBay
      • Carlos Rodríguez, Head of Brussels Office Telefonica
      • Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General of the European Consumer Organisation, BEUC
      • Bernhard Rieder, Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam
  • Closing address

    • 17:25– 17:40

      Claire Bury, Deputy Director General DG CONNECT
    • 17:40 – 19:00Cocktail