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The workshop “Digitalisation in a low growth environment” brings together experts from academia, private businesses, national administrations, the European Commission and other European and international institutions to discuss the broad economic impacts of digitalisation and the investment needs to ensure a smooth transition.


  • 10 oktober: 09.00 - 09.30 (Europe/Brussels)

    Registration and welcome coffee

  • 10 oktober: 09.30 - 09.45

    Introduction - K. Jorna, Deputy Director General, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

  • 10 oktober: 09.45 - 10.30

    Keynote speech - Prof. P. Aghion, London School of Economics, Collège de France and Harvard University

  • 10 oktober: 10.30 - 11.00

    Coffee break

  • 10 oktober: 11.00 - 12.30

    Session I “Digitalisation, productivity and growth: challenges for the European economy” - Chair: P. Świeboda, Deputy Head of the European Policy Strategy Centre, European Commission

    Speaker: Prof. M. O’Mahony, Professor, King’s College London

    Panel: U. Engelmann, Head of Unit, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission; P. Steinberg, Director General, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs (BMWi); S. Toffaletti, Secretary General European Digital SME Alliance; A. Nowacka, Public Affairs Lead, Seznam

  • 10 oktober: 12.30 - 13.45

    Lunch break

  • 10 oktober: 13.45 - 15.15

    Session II “Artificial Intelligence, robots and the labour market” - Chair: M. Geleng, Director, DG Employment and Social Affairs, European Commission

    Speaker: Dr. E. Ernst, Chief of the Macroeconomic Policy Unit, International Labour Organization

    Panel: F. Benini, HoU, DG CNECT, European Commission; L. Visentini, General Secretary, ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation); M. Mamertino, Senior Economist, LinkedIn

  • 10 oktober: 15.15 - 15.45

    Coffee break

  • 10 oktober: 15.45 - 17.15

    Session III “Investment strategies for a digital economy” Chair: M.V. Tovšak Pleterski, Director, Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

    Speaker: D. Pilat, Deputy Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Department, OECD

    Panel: J. Harvard, Combient; Ana Neves, Director of Departmento da Sociedade da Informação, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia; P. De Lima, Head of Economic Studies, European Investment Bank.

  • 10 oktober: 17.15 - 17.45

    Closing remarks - M. Buti, Director General, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

Practical information

10 October 2019, 9.00 (CEST)
CHAR building, Mansholt room