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The European Internet Forum (EIF) and the GSMA look forward to your active participation in our 7th annual High-Level virtual discussion in the context of the MWC21 Barcelona, bringing together legislators, regulators, and both supply and demand side market participants.

  • Programme

    Welcome and introduction

    Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair

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

  • Europe 2030: What will it take to reach Europe’s Digital Decade targets?

    Discussion

    Earlier this year, the European Commission presented a vision and avenues for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. This vision for the EU's digital decade evolves around four cardinal points: skills, secure and sustainable digital infrastructures, digital transformation of businesses, including SMEs, and digitalisation of public services. The combination of the digital decade goals and the NextGenerationEU package are going to help accelerate Europe’s digital transformation. Is this enough to regain its sovereignty and what else is needed from the tech industry?

    Speakers

    Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT, European Commission - invited

    MEPs - names tbc

    Slovenian Presidency representative - name tbc

    Open discussion moderated by

    Magnus Franklin, Managing Director, Teneo

    The Chatham House rule will apply to the discussion

  • The role of 5G connectivity in driving Europe’s economic recovery during and post COVID-19

    Discussion

    Connectivity is playing a significant role in the response to the COVID-19 crisis. Investment in widespread connectivity is laying the foundations for future economic growth and will be instrumental in making Europe more competitive. What else is needed to accelerate 5G deployment in Europe?

    Speakers

    MEPs - names tbc

    Michel Van Bellinghen, Chairman of the Council of the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) and BEREC Chair 2021 - invited

    Chair of GSMA’s Policy Group Europe

    Open discussion moderated by

    Magnus Franklin, Managing Director, Teneo

    The Chatham House rule will apply to the discussion

Practical information

30 June 2021 11:30 - 13:30

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