The Digital Assembly 2016 features two plenary sessions and six workshops to discuss some of the key topics of the Digital Single Market strategy. You can find the detailed programme on this page.

The Digital Assembly 2016 will happen in Bratislava, Slovakia on 26 - 27 September

The Digital Assembly 2016 can be followed live on the dedicated streaming page or on our streaming channel on Youtube.

Day 1: Wednesday 28 September 2016

12:30 to 14:30
Registration and Networking Lunch
17:40 to 18:40
Briefing on Roaming: Fair Use Policy

Anthony Whelan, Director for Electronic Communications Networks, DG CONNECT will be presenting a briefing on the draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017. BEREC will provide an opinion to the Commission. The draft text has been shared with Members of the European Parliament, COCOM and BEREC. The Commission services are open to feedback on the draft proposal from other interested parties. The Commission is due to adopt the implementing act by 15 December, 2016.
Follow the live streaming of the briefing on Roaming on our Youtube channel.

18:00 to 21:30
Social Event for all participants

Day 2: Thursday 29 September 2016

08:00 to 09:30
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:15 to 09:15
Digital Champions working breakfast
08:30 to 09:15
Briefing on Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society

Anthony Whelan, DG CONNECT Director for Electronic Communications Networks and Services and Wilhelm Eschweiler, BEREC Chair will outline the set of measures proposed by the Commission on 14 September 2016 to ensure faster and high quality connectivity for all Europeans.

Follow the live streaming of the briefing on Connectivity on our Youtube channel.

09:30 to 09:40
Opening of the Digital Assembly 2016

by the moderator Kate Russell.

09:40 to 09:45
Welcome Remarks

Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia.

09:45 to 09:55
Opening Speech

Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia

Keynote speech

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market

10:10 to 11:00
A Gigabit Europe

animated by Kate Russell.


with an impulse statement of Mr Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions

11:00 to 11:25
Coffee Break
11:00 to 11:30
Press Conference

with Andrus Ansip, vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market and Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia

11:25 to 12:30
Inspirational speeches on Digital Single Market
12:30 to 14:00
Networking Lunch
13:00 to 13:45
Briefing on Modernisation of the EU copyright rules

Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director for Media Policy, DG CONNECT, with contributions of Ms Therese Comodini Cachia, Member of the European Parliament will discuss the update of the Copyright Framework proposed on 14 September 2016 by the Commission.

Follow the live streaming of the briefing on Copyright on our Youtube channel.


14:00 to 14:10
Opening of the afternoon plenary of the Digital Assembly 2016
14:10 to 14:25
Keynote Speech

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

14:25 to 15:10
From Startup to Scaleup Europe - Supporting growth in the digital economy

The panel will focus on the challenges encountered by leading tech business and how to overcome them. The debate will be focused around the development of startup ecosystems, support of innovation, the lifecycle of a tech company from inception to IPO, and policy measures for the digital economy and digital single market.


  • Paul Hofheinz – President Lisbon Council and Coordinator European Digital Forum


15:10 to 15:35
Fireside Chat

Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT

15:35 to 16:35
Digital Single Market - The way forward

Panel discussion with