Digital Assembly is a major annual forum that gathers more than 1,000 stakeholders and high-level policymakers to debate EU digital policy and the implications of recent technological developments.
This year's edition comes at a crucial time as the European Council has called for the full implementation of the digital single market strategy by 2018. At the same time the Commission proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework is being discussed by Member States and the European Parliament. Part of the future long-term budget of the EU will be used to bridge digital investment gaps between Member States and tackle challenges in key areas of the digital economy. A large number of EU citizens and businesses is expected to benefit from such process.
With three plenary sessions, thematic briefings and five parallel workshops, the Digital Assembly will cover a wide range of current key topics on digital policy. The plenary sessions will put a special focus on how Central and Eastern Europe as well as Western Balkan countries can best benefit from the digitisation of their economies and societies. It will also look at developments in our Neighbourhood, particularly the Mediterranean region. The workshops will be dedicated to key digital policy topics such as social media, cybersecurity, digital skills, artificial intelligence and the internet of things.
If you want your voice to be heard, you can follow #DA18eu on twitter and send your own comments. Moreover, a voting poll with questions on each of the Digital Assembly's sessions will be soon lunched on Mentimetter.
The plenary sessions will be also transmitted online via live web streaming on this page.
The event will take place at the National Palace of Culture, in Sofia.
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