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Today more than ever, Europe must stay connected. The pandemic crisis has confirmed the vital role that our advanced communication networks play in keeping us all connected whether teleworking, studying, governing or tracking contagion. This critical infrastructure also provides the foundation for strong recovery as we transition to 5G. The European Commission has proposed its €750 billion “Next Generation EU” package to relaunch the economy of which 20% will be directly invested in digital including 5G recovery funds.

A study reveals that 5G as an open and flexible innovation platform will generate €210 billion in benefits to the European economy without counting the benefits to social inclusion and the environment. A follow-up report focuses on 5G investment and coverage per market in Europe.

The event will explore the opportunities offered by 5G to upgrade our critical communications infrastructure as well as rebuild and strengthen our economies and societies in the direction of a sustainable digital future.

  • Programme

    Opening remarks

    Ivan Štefanec MEP and EIF Programming Committee Co-Chair

    Speakers

    Janette Stewart, Senior spectrum expert, Analysys Mason

    Stefan Schnorr, Director-General for Digital and Innovation Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Germany)

    Rita Wezenbeek, Director Connectivity, DG CONNECT, European Commission

    Jakob Bluestone, Head of Telecoms Equity Research, Credit Suisse

    Daniel Pataki, Vice President for Policy and Regulation & Head of Europe, Russia and CIS, GSMA

    Moderator

    Maria Rosa Gibellini, Director General, European Internet Forum

    Exchange of views with the participants under the Chatham House rule

Practical information

21 April 2021 16:00 - 17:30

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Speakers

  • Ivan Stefanec MEP, EIF Programming Committee Co-Chair
  • Janette Stewart Senior spectrum expert Analysys Mason
  • Stefan Schnorr Director-General for Digital and Innovation Policy Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Germany)
  • Rita Wezenbeek Director Connectivity DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Jakob Bluestone Head of Telecoms Equity Research Credit Suisse
  • Daniel Pataki Vice President for Policy and Regulation & Head of Europe, Russia and CIS GSMA
  • Maria Rosa Gibellini Director General European Internet Forum

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