On 15 April 2021, the EIF organised a virtual debate to discuss the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the European economy and society and the need for them to be at the heart of Europe's industrial and digital strategies.
The debate, co-hosted by MEP and EIF Programming Committee Co-Chair Ivan Štefanec and MEP Josianne Cutajar, was moderated by EIF Director General Maria Rosa Gibellini and featured the following speakers:

  • Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Dr. Oliver Grün, Founder and CEO of Grün Software, President of German Federal Association of IT-SMEs (BITMi) and European DIGITAL SME Alliance
  • Ruben Bonet, Co-founder, President and CEO, Fractus
  • Fabrizio Morgera, Senior Investment Officer, European Investment Bank
  • Sjoerd Hauptmeijer, CEO & Founder, The Young Digitals
  • Virtual debate with ICANN CEO Göran Marby

    As part of EIF's ‘Meet the CEO’ series, on 25 March 2021, Members of the European Parliament, EIF Members and guests had the opportunity to virtually meet Göran Marby, President and CEO of ICANN.
    The virtual debate was hosted by MEP and...

  • Debate with EC Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager

    On 17 March 2021, EIF hosted an exchange of views with Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager on Competition Policy in the Digital Era and the future initiatives.


  • Data governance: How to ensure a fair & competitive data economy?

    On 16 March 2021, EIF hosted a virtual debate on data governance to discuss the Data Governance Act. The debate, hosted by MEP and EIF Chair Pilar del Castillo and moderated by EIF Director General Maria Rosa Gibellini, focused on this...

  • Digital Identity: Digital Citizenship & e-Government

    On 24 February 2021, the EIF organised a virtual debate on ‘Digital Identity: Digital Citizenship and e-Government’. The event, hosted by MEP and former Commissioner for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, was moderated by EIF...

  • EU Industrial Policy for Digital leadership

    On 23 February 2021, EIF organised the virtual debate “EU Industrial Policy for Digital leadership” aimed at discussing the new updated European Commission proposal on the EU industrial strategy expected to be launched in mid-March. As...

  • Internet Governance Forum 2020 key take-aways

    The EIF virtual debate organized on 3 February 2021 focused on the take-aways of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which was hosted online by the United Nations between 9 and 17 November under the...