EU DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET: FROM COMMITMENTS TO FRONT-RUNNING

Date/Time
Date - 14/06/2018
9:15 - 12:00


 

Fully integrated Digital Single Market (DSM) would unlock immense new opportunities for the digital economy, facilitate digital transformation, strengthen EU’s industrial leadership, stimulate competitiveness in the global market and produce wider benefits to member states’ economies and citizens.

 

To reap those benefits the EU must rapidly move from commitments to actions. Only concerted steps on both EU and national levels to upgrade infrastructure, improve skills and come-up with smart, future-proof regulatory environment could make Europe a front-running continent.

 

How do we energize efforts to make DSM a reality? Is there a way to reduce existing differences among member states in readiness and willingness to embrace technological change? With these questions in mind, Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU and the Lithuanian Business Representation to the EU organize a seminar “EU Digital Single Market: From Commitments to Front-Running”.

 

The seminar will be kicked-off by the Lithuanian Government’s CIO and Deputy Minister of Economy Mr Elijus Čivilis who will share his views on the most enabling digital policy choices, showcasing the country’s jump through the ranks of the fastest growing innovators and particularly rapid progress in the fields of blockchain and e-services. A panel discussion involving European Commission, government, business and think-tank representatives will follow.

 

Please register: registration@eu.mfa.lt

 

Venue:

Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU

41-43 Rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels

 

 

PROGRAM

 

9.15 – 10.00 Registration & Coffee

 

10.00 – 10.05 Welcome

 

Mrs Jovita Neliupšienė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU

 

10.05 – 10.25 Key-note speech

 

Mr Elijus Čivilis

Chief Information Officer (CIO), Deputy Minister of Economy, Government of Lithuania

 

10.25 – 10.40 Impulse statement – New Coalitions for Europe’s Digital Future

 

Mr Fredrik Erixon, Director ECIPE

 

10.40 – 11.40 Panel statements and discussion

 

●        Mr Ondrej Socuvka, Public Policy Manager, Google Belgium

●        Ms Sophia Bengtsson, Deputy Director EU Affairs, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

●        Mr Carl Buhr, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

●        Ms Maud Sacquet, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

●        Mr Guido Lobrano, Senior Director, Global Policy, The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

 

Moderator:  Mr Tomas Vasilevskis, Head of the Lithuanian Business Representation to the EU

 

11.40 – 11.55 Questions & Answers

 

11.55 – 12.00 Wrap-up statement

 

Mr Elijus Čivilis

Chief Information Officer (CIO), Deputy Minister of Economy, Government of Lithuania