The #Digital4EU stakeholder forum took place in Brussels on Tuesday 24 February 2015. It was a one-day event organised by the European Commission. It included four workshops: Single Market 2.0 – Going digital; An empowered, protected consumer; Digital technology and copyright; and Smart Industry.

The conference was opened and closed by Robert Madelin (@eurohumph), Director General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). Vice-President Andrus Ansip (@Ansip_EU), responsible for the Digital Single Market, and Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger (@GOettingerEU), responsible for the Digital Economy and Society, took part in the morning and afternoon sessions. Roberto Viola (@ViolaRoberto) and Zoran Stancic (@ZoranStancic), deputy Director Generals for DG CONNECT took part in the panel discussions.

Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger delivered keynote speeches to open the morning and afternoon session respectively.

The event was moderated by Ms Jacki Davis. There were more than 500 participants.

The workshops

There were debates on the four themes outlined below:

  • Single Market 2.0 - Going digital - Today, a business trying to operate across the EU faces 28 national different systems; from data protection to e-commerce rules. This is costly – both for businesses and consumers – and means we are missing out on opportunities.
  • An empowered, protected consumer - In a truly, connected Digital Single Market every consumer should be able to enjoy the same digital content and services – wherever they are in the EU. That requires building trust and confidence in the online world and removing barriers such as geo-blocking.
  • Copyright fit for the digital age - Today, digital technology and copyright are closely interlinked , as technology plays a fundamental role in the way content is created, produced, distributed, accessed, and preserved. What are the challenges and opportunities for copyright in the face of digital technologies? Are our existing EU copyright rules fit for purpose?
  • Smart Industry - Digital technologies play an essential role in value creation in all industrial sectors today, and they bring about radical transformation to every aspect of manufacturing and related services.

Please consult the programme and the final conference report for further details.

The new #Digital4EU online engagement platform was launched, as well as the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) and the Broadband Europe Portal.

For further information please contact the DG CONNECT Stakeholder Unit.