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Hall 5, 20/09/2019 (10:45-12:00)

This session will present three best uses of digital capacity deployment and interoperability foreseen in the Digital Europe Programme: Language Technologies, Cloud Federation and Blockchain).

Language Technologies: The objective will be to lower the language barriers for citizens and European SMEs to access the Digital Single Market and to promote the development of language processing services (e.g. voice-based services, translation, semantics and text analytics by deploying language technologies, which will provide better access to information, products and services for European citizens and SMEs. Activities will foster the creation of an efficient ecosystem of technology providers, the localisation and uptake of language technologies, and access to the necessary data sets and computing power.

Cloud Federation: The need to efficiently implement the free movement of data principle across the EU is of strategic importance to foster EU competitiveness and for a well-functioning single market for data. In this policy context, the aim will be to build a federation of pan-European cloud services that enables the provision of strategic services of general interest across the EU both of public interest nature such as public services, healthcare, social services, education, public safety, environment, sustainability and of economic nature such as transport, energy, utilities and communication.

Blockchain: Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) should be seen as a crosscutting enabling technology that can support the validation of transactions, the development of [EU] data spaces and empowerment of citizens, public services and businesses to control and share access to data in a trusted, distributed, secure, transparent and verifiable way. Enriched blockchain based solutions for management of and access to distributed data (including data coming from distributed sources like sensors and machines) can be applied to different sectors of public and private interest, encouraging the deployment of more decentralised, flexible, resilient and responsive systems.


Dr. Francesco Schiavo, Director, Ministry of Finances and Economics, Italy

Dr. Georg Rehm, Principal Researcher and Research Fellow, Research Centre for AI (DFKI), Germany

Maria Staszkiewicz, CEO, CZECH Fintech association (tbc)

Agenda and other documents

Coordinator: Philippe GELIN (European Commission, CONNECT/G3, Luxembourg), Alexandra PAUL (European Commission, Directorate-General Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Cloud and Software Unit, Belgium)


No individual presentations are expected for this session.

However, you are warmly invited to take an active part to the discussion which will follow the interventions of some key stakeholders. You may also contribute by providing your comments below or you may wish to consider replying to the Targeted Consultation on the Digital Europe programme.


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