For the second time in a row, the European Commission takes part in CeBIT, one of the largest global IT fairs, by hosting the high-level digital policy conference “Driving the Digital Economy and Society in Europe”, and with a major exhibition of state of the art ICT innovations.

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On 20 March, Andrus Ansip, Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Single Market, will participate in the conference on the implementation of the Digital Single Market strategy and discuss how the Commission has made progress on this flagship initiative.

Driving the Digital Economy and Society in Europe

This event is part of the annually held global conference track of CeBIT. Featuring high-level speakers from European industry and policy, it will look at progress on the road to a European digital single market and global technological trends. This year, major topics on the agenda include the growing data economy in Europe, how EU citizens benefit from the Digital Single Market, and increasing cooperation between the European Union and Japan, CeBIT’s 2017 partner country.

The conference will take place on 20 March 2016, 14 – 18 pm in CeBIT Hall 8.

Details on the agenda, the speakers and link to registration

Exhibition

From 20 to 24 March, the European Commission and its Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology will showcase its “EU village” at CeBIT in Hall 8.

The EU village features exhibits on Digital Single Market policies and digital innovations. It will be open to CeBIT visitors and also during the CeBIT opening ceremony and gala reception on 19 March.

The exhibition includes interactive showcasing of policy developments with benefits for EU citizens and consumers, as well as small and large industry. There will also be 18 high-potential innovators selected via the Innovation Radar that illustrate advancements in digital technologies.

Background

In May 2015, the European Commission presented its strategy for creating a Digital Single Market in the European Union by removing regulatory barriers and moving from 28 fragmented national markets to one single market. The strategy includes 16 individual initiatives for implementation by the end of 2016. It aims at creating better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services, shape the environment for digital networks and services to flourish cross EU borders and stimulate a new wave of innovative European start-ups with growth potential.

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