This session represents a major milestone in the Digitising European Industry initiative (DEI) embodied by the launch of the European Platform of national initiatives on Digitising European Industry.

The European Platform of national initiatives is the core part of the overall coordination framework of the Digitising European Industry initiative (DEI) as adopted by the European Commission in April, and further endorsed by the Competitiveness Council. It will play an essential role in the roll-out of digitalisation of industry across Europe, where experiences can be shared, collaboration and joint investments can be triggered, common approaches to regulatory problems be explored and means for re-skilling of the workforce be further exchanged. The objectives of a "European platform of national initiatives" are to jointly build a critical size of initiatives and investments for digitising industry and to ensure Member States', Regions' and private sector commitment to achieving the DEI goals. 

The agenda features interventions by Ministers of the Member States and by business leaders of the European industry in their steering roles of the national initiatives.

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14:25 to 14:30
Video introduction

Video introduction

14:30 to 14:50
Keynote speeches

Carlo Calenda, Minister of Economic Development, Italy

Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, European Commission 

14:50 to 14:55
The view of the Committee of the Regions

Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions

14:55 to 16:25
Panel I: selected interventions from Ministers on the joint collaboration to support European industry take benefit from digital innovations

The panel will present and discuss expectations from the European platform of national initiatives, examples of best practices or success stories to share, from the point of view of several countries, having or not yet formalised a national platform for digitising industry. 

  • Mario Antonić, State Secretary, Ministry Of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Croatia 
  • Begoña Cristeto, Vice Minister for Industry and SME, Spain
  • Jadwiga Emilewicz, Vice Minister for Economic Development, Poland
  • Peter Eriksson, Minister for Housing and Digitalisation, Sweden
  • István Lepsényi, State Secretary for Economic Development and Regulation of the Ministry for National Economy, Hungary
  • Matthias Machnig, State Secretary for Industry, Germany
  • Eduard Muřický, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic 
  • Ioannis Tafyllis, Secretary of State for Digital Policy, Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Greece
  • Teodor Sedlarski, Minister of Economy, Bulgaria
  • João Vasconcelos, Secretary of State for Industry, Portugal 

Moderated by Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

16:25 to 16:40
Questions and Answers from the audience, journalists and other stakeholders

Facilitated by Peggy Hollinger, with interventions from the audience, journalists and other stakeholders.

16:40 to 17:15
Panel II: selected interventions from CEOs steering the development of national initiatives

The panel discusses what industry needs and which role it can play at national and European level to pursue the objectives of the Digitising European Industry initiative. 

  • Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO, Atos SE, Former Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, France
  • Roland Busch, CTO Siemens, Germany
  • Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink, CEO FME, Vice-President CEEMET, President of the Smart Industry national initiative, The Netherlands
  • Giulio Pedrollo, CEO Pedrollo Spa, Vice President Confindustria, Italy

Moderated by Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

17:15 to 17:30
Conclusions and closing statements - the one-key message of the Digital Day session
  • Stefano Firpo, Director General, Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), Italy
  • Lowri Evans, Director General, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission
  • Roberto Viola, Director General, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), European Commission