On the 1st March 2015 EIF hosted a High-level Roundtable on ‘Sharpening Europe’s Mobile Edge’ with Members of European Parliament, international experts and EIF members, in the context of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Ms. Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair welcomed participants and recalled the Roundtable hosted by EIF in Barcelona the previous year, which contributed to the EIF Report ‘The Digital World in 2030: What Place for Europe?’ by identifying future digital trends and policy implications of the ‘third industrial revolution’.
Ms. del Castillo kicked off the Roundtable by introducing the European mobile industry as one of the most successful in the world, with a strong track record in innovation and developing new services, and the potential to deliver even greater benefits and play a leading role in helping the EU to meet the growth, jobs, sustainability and innovation objectives set out by the EU 2020 Strategy. The question she asked participants is, how can we sharpen Europe’s mobile edge?
Ms. Del Castillo gave the floor to Mr. Ajit Jaokar, Professor at Universidad Politecnica of Madrid and EIF Advisor, who introduced the topic and invited participants to freely contribute their views. As Mr. Jaokar said, the mobile industry is playing a central role in supporting economic activity and recovery in the region. By sharpening Europe’s mobile edge we would help innovation, delivering a dynamic digital single market, enabling a sustainable recovery and in creating a world-leading digital economy and connected society. The discussion that followed focused on the following key points, among others:
Pictures from the Roundtable and from the visit of the EIF Delegation to the MWC can be found at this link.