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The digital transformation of Europe's economy and society will be one of the key challenges in the years to come. Europe's economy relies on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): they form 99% of European businesses. Given the enormous importance of SMEs for Europe's economy, they need to be at the heart of Europe's industrial and digital strategies.

The European Union is currently defining Digital Targets for 2030. The respective Roadmap by the European Commission focuses on four digital targets: 1. Digital infrastructures, 2. Digital education and skills, 3. Digital transformation, and 4. Digital government. How can we ensure that SMEs will be in the centre of the digital targets? SMEs are not only users and adopters of technology, but also essentially providers of technology: many innovative SMEs bring the new technologies to the market.

  • Programme

    Opening remarks

    Ivan ?tefanec MEP and EIF Programming Committee Co-Chair


    Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission

    Dr. Oliver Gr?n, Founder and CEO of Gr?n Software, President of German Federal Association of IT-SMEs (BITMi) and DIGITAL SME

    Ruben Bonet, Co-founder, President and CEO, Fractus

    Fabrizio Morgera, Senior Investment Officer, European Investment Bank

    Sjoerd Hauptmeijer, CEO & Founder, The Young Digitals

    Closing remarks

    Josianne Cutajar MEP and EIF Member


    Maria Rosa Gibellini, Director General, European Internet Forum

    Exchange of views with the participants under the Chatham House rule

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15 April 2021 16:00 - 17:30

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  • Ivan Stefanec MEP, EIF Programming Committee Co-Chair
  • Josianne Cutajar MEP, EIF Member
  • Hubert Gambs Deputy Director-Genera DG GROW, European Commission
  • Oliver Grün President of German Federal Association of IT-SMEs (BITMi) and DIGITAL SME Founder and CEO of Grün Software
  • Ruben Bonet Co-founder, President and CEO Fractus
  • Fabrizio Morgera Senior Investment Officer European Investment Bank
  • Sjoerd Hauptmeijer CEO & Founder The Young Digitals
  • Maria Rosa Gibellini Director General European Internet Forum

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