European competitiveness and economic growth depend on Europe’s ability to promote innovation and use digital technologies and services to transform sectors and companies. The European Union has set ambitious targets for 2030 as part of its Digital Decade Programme, and the EU elections in 2024 provide an opportunity for renewed energy and prioritisation in order to deliver on these objectives.
This new impetus requires policy leadership from across Europe, and the D9+ Group, which represents the 12 “digital frontrunner” countries within the EU, is a pivotal forum that contributes significant thought leadership and digital agenda-setting in Europe.
Taking place in the context of the D9+ ministerial meeting and immediately ahead of the EU Telecoms Council, this D9+ industry stakeholder gathering convened public and private sector representatives from the D9+ countries – and those keen to learn from them – as well as others working to develop innovation and growth-friendly policies for Europe. Discussions looked at what the European Commission digital policy agenda for 2024-2030 and beyond should look like, and culminated in formal recommendations delivered by the B9+ to the D9+ ministers.
The Future of European AI: Advancing Pro-Innovation Approaches and Fostering Cooperation
Cyber Security and Resilience to 2030
Unlocking the Digital Single Market: Building, Scaling, Staying in Europe!
Achieving a Dynamic and Innovative Digital Infrastructure in Europe
European Open Strategic Autonomy: Ensuring Digital Resilience and Competitiveness
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This session will delve into the challenges and opportunities in advancing European AI towards 2030. Discussions will centre on collaborative efforts between regulators and businesses to ensure European leadership in AI and work to foster a thriving, pro-innovation AI ecosystem within the EU. What is the latest on how the business community operating in Europe is building and developing AI? With work to finalise the AI ACT heading towards completion, where should the focus be over the next 5 years?
In a world that is increasingly complex and uncertain, European open strategic autonomy is a set of foreign, regulatory, and trade policies that seek to provide future resilience against reliance on non-EU goods, services, and technologies. Although not a new concept, it remains vague and its application and framing is still maturing. As we approach the end of 2023, ahead of an important EU election year, what should a more assertive, self-reliant European economy look like and what would be the implications for Europe’s digital sector?
Europe has significant potential to produce and retain scalable and unicorn companies but is held back primarily by single-market regulatory fragmentation and access to investment. This session will explore how improvements can be made to nurture and retain innovative companies and talent in Europe and discuss strategies to facilitate growth for European businesses.
The European Telecoms market is at a crossroads. On the one hand, the EU has a strong history of innovation in the sector, and European companies are leaders in the global market. On the other hand, there is an urgent debate as to what arrangements should be in place to ensure the availability of the necessary next-generation infrastructure and services.
With demands for connectivity only growing, this session will look at what is required to achieve the Digital Decade 2030 targets without leaving anyone behind. How can connectivity and access to digital services be guaranteed? What are the latest reactions to the potential for a Digital Networks Act, and where are the possibilities for industry and policymakers to cooperate to build and invest in the digital networks of tomorrow?
The EU has made notable strides in fortifying its cybersecurity measures over the past decade; however, the current geopolitical context underlines the urgent need for the swift implementation of NIS2, in particular, and for the continuing development of an agile cybersecurity framework capable of navigating an ever-shifting threat landscape. This session will examine what is next for the development of a robust cybersecurity ecosystem in Europe and will pay particular attention to SMEs, highlighting common cyber threats, challenges in implementing security measures, and the roles of governments and regulators in enhancing cyber security over the next five years.
Secretary of State for Digitization, in charge of Administrative Simplification, Privacy and Building Administration, Belgium
Deputy Director General of the Centre
Cabinet Expert for Commissioner Vera Jourova,
Minister of Economic Affairs and Information Technology,
Republic of Estonia
Allied for Startups
Director of Govt Affairs & Public Policy for Northern Europe,
VP Public Policy EU,
European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)
Deputy Director at the Digital Economy Department,
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Head of EU Policy, European Government Affairs,
Senior Advisor Advocacy Digital,
Chief Operation Officer
Head of Digital Economy Policy
Chief Economist & Chair of GSMA Policy Group
Co-founder and CEO,
Chief Economist, Executive Manager
Head of Government & Policy Advocacy Europe Middle & East Africa
Senior Business Group Leader Telecom
Advisor, Belgian High Council for the Self-Employed and the SMEs
Head of Governmental Relations
Deputy Director General, Division for Digital Infrastructure and Security
Ministry of Finance, Sweden
Permanent Representation to the EU
Vice President R&D
CEO and Founder
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