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On 17 May EIF organised a debate, hosted by MEPs Pilar del Castillo and Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, on the EU-US Trade and Tech Council (TTC) with an overview of the second TTC summit and a focus on the importance of EU-US cooperation and technology in the Ukraine - Russia war. The MEPs were joined by the following guest speakers:
Thibaut Kleiner, Director for Policy, Strategy and Outreach, DG CNECT, European Commission
Jason Oxman, CEO and President, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
Julia Jasinska, Head of international relations & strategic advocacy, Government Affairs International, Nokia
Liam Benham, Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs, IBM
MEP Pilar del Castillo set the scene highlighting the relevance of the EU-US Trade and Tech Technology Council launched in September 2021. After mentioning the war in Ukraine, MEP del Castillo defined this Transatlantic cooperation as an indispensable instrument for fostering the level of cooperation on export controls and sanctions. Furthermore, the EU-US cooperation has been reinforced in critical areas in terms of growth and competitiveness. According to her, the most tangible examples of the TTC as a solid cooperation mechanism are: first, the creation of the artificial intelligence subgroup; second, a strategic standardisation information mechanism; third, the commitment to develop a common analytical framework for identifying foreign information manipulation. She concluded her speech by highlighting that a closer cooperation on data will bring substantial economic benefits, set global standards and retain technological leadership.
MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri started her speech by underlining that trust plays a pivotal role in developing trade amongst countries and steering the technology of the future. The political trust - also influenced by external factors - has changed rapidly. However, according to MEP Kumpula-Natri, companies have the ability to be more secure on their production times, capacities, and possibilities, but, in general, there is a need to work more closely with like-minded countries. She declared that trade fights should be replaced by free trade and free possibilities for both EU and US. The MEP affirmed that digitalisation could not happen without physical goods. For instance, the Chips Act is a testimony of the fact that products of industry and supply chains are still needed. In the end, she provided a definition of cooperation, which is not taking away the autonomy, but increasing it and favoring broader contracts at a global level.
The European Commission representative, Thibaut Kleiner, provided an overview of the second EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) meeting that had taken place the day before (16 May) in Paris and underlined the achievements since the first TTC meeting in Pittsburgh in September 2021. According to him, the first meeting showed that the transatlantic relationship is alive. He defined TTC as a sort of brand that needs to be more publicised for its concrete existence in terms of links, structural elements and values. For instance, regarding the Russian aggression to Ukraine, TTC enabled both EU and US to quickly coordinate sanctions. Mr. Kleiner also mentioned the protocol adopted in Paris, underlining that the TTC does not interfere with the EU legislative process and has the potential to mobilise the private sector and other stakeholders. Finally, he highlighted the need of preparing standardisation around AI. Mr. Kleiner defined the TTC meeting in Paris a turning point and an opportunity to develop concrete projects, with the cooperation of private companies, parliaments, lawmakers and partners.
Jason Oxman, expressed his optimism about the direction of the TTC and pointed out that “the EU-US relationship has never been stronger, inspired in large part by the actions of Russia in Ukraine”. Mr. Oxman underlined the role of technology in bringing people together through its services and products, even across the Atlantic. It is fundamental to align policies between EU and US, in order to recognise and reinforce the shared values. According to him, a focus on technology standards at international level is needed to operate in a way that endorses, reinforces and encourages voluntary industry standards. As a result, technology can operate for the benefit of consumers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Other important aspects are: the transatlantic exchange of data and the free flow of data, but also digital services on both sides of the Atlantic. According to him, what emerged from the second TTC meeting in Paris is the necessity to ensure that the free flow of data, goods and services is not interfered by countries that aim to impose unilateral rules and regulations in contrast with international trade.
Julia Jasinska affirmed that Nokia is a great supporter of the EU-US collaboration and that is encouraging that both EU and US recognise digitalisation as critical for the competitiveness and sustainable future of the economies. She defined the EU-US collaboration as future-oriented. Firstly, it is fundamental that EU and US markets are open for companies from both sides of the Atlantic, enabling also public procurement and access to R&D support. Secondly, the TTC does not replace separate regulations and legislations, but the goal is to be aligned, for instance in terms of mutual risk assessment. Thirdly, the necessity of a global focus in the area of standardisation in order to reinforce global standardisation, the spreading of the benefits of sustainable digitalisation around the world with an offer to the Global South. She concluded by stating that there are already multilateral institutions in several of the areas where the TTC working groups have been created.
Liam Benham recognised that the war in Ukraine was one of the main focus in the second TTC meeting and that the post WWII order cannot be taken for granted anymore. As representative of IBM, he expected that the TTC will drive technological innovation, economic growth and job creation, but he also welcomed the TTC focus on critical emerging technologies, for instance the creation of the subgroup about Artificial Intelligence that will deepen collaboration on how to develop and use AI. Beyond economics, important aspects to be considered are: trust and resilience in the digital economy and solutions for the energy transition. Generally, EU-US is a very large relationship, but there is the need to also include like-minded countries. He concluded his speech by declaring that the TTC should support some core principles: first, fair competition, reciprocal participation and openness in both markets because these are shared values between the US and the EU; second, transatlantic data transfers.
On 26 September, MEP Pilar del Castillo hosted our discussion on "The future of the European standardization ecosystem – implications for Europe’s technological sovereignty" at the European Parliament. Guest speakers included:
Kamil Kiljanski, Head of Unit 'Intangible economy', DG GROW, European Commission
Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director of 4iP Council EU; Board Member of ETSI
Lyse Brillouet, VP Intellectual Property and Licensing, Orange
Arthur Percheron, Senior Patent Attorney, Schneider Electric
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It’s September, and as we are gearing up for a rich programme of events this fall at the European Parliament, it is a perfect moment to take stock of the last 20 months, since we resumed our in-person programme.
Check out this 1-minute video, recapping the January 2022-July 2023 period of #EIFdebates
Between 15-18 May 2023, EIF organised a special programme for MEPs to discover the thriving innovation ecosystem in Israel, the 'Startup Nation'.
The EIF members who took part in this MEP visit were:
- Mr. Victor Negrescu MEP, S&D, Romania (MEP lead)
- Ms. Beatrice Covassi MEP (S&D, Italy)
- Ms. Josianne Cutajar MEP (S&D, Malta)
- Mr. Ivan Štefanec MEP (EPP, Slovakia)
- Ms. Róża Thun MEP (Renew Europe, Poland)
Each year, we invite Members of the European Parliament to an #MWC deep-dive here in Barcelona. Together with the GSMA, we offer MEPs the chance to get a hands-on experience of cutting-edge technology devices, to learn about the latest trends and innovations in mobile technology and to engage with experts on the field.
We meet with representatives of key players in the sphere of technology to exchange views on how innovation and connectivity can change our lives. This year our tour was packed with many interesting demos, from AI-powered networks solutions, sustainability, 6G to Metaverse, Holograms etc.
MWC Barcelona is the largest and most influential event for the connectivity ecosystem and we look forward to be back again next year.
A new #EIFasksMEPs episode is out! Dragos Tudorache MEP answered all our questions on the AI Act and the Transatlantic cooperation on Artificial Intelligence.
#EIFasksMEPs aims to be an opportunity for our Political members to share views on a topic of choice, in the format of a professionally filmed interview.
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On 20 July, EIF asked MEPs the main takeaways from the Transatlantic Week 2022, organised by TPN with the support of EIF. The theme was "Facing the Challenges Ahead Together: towards the Transatlantic Partnership 2030".
On 19 July, EIF asked Brando Benifei MEP the key takeaways from the Transatlantic Week 2022.
On 19 July, EIF asked Paul Tang MEP the key takeaways from the Transatlantic Week
On 19 July, EIF asked Tsvetelina Penkova MEP the key takeaways from the Transatlantic Week 2022.
On 19 July, EIF asked Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP the key takeaways from the Transatlantic Week 2022.
On 19 July, EIF asked Victor Negrescu MEP the key takeaways from the Transatlantic Week 2022.
On 19 July, EIF asked Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair the key takeaways from the Transatlantic Week 2022.
A new #EIFasksMEPs episode is out! Pilar del Castillo MEP did a great job answering all our questions on the "Challenges of the Data Economy". An MEP with the EPP group from Spain, member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and substitute of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), Pilar del Castillo has recently been appointed as Rapporteur for the ITRE Committee on the Data Act.
#EIFasksMEPs aims to be an opportunity for our Political members to share views on a topic of choice, in the format of a professionally filmed interview.
The first episode of our new #EIFasksMEPs project features Ivan Stefanec, MEP with the EPP Group and EIF Programming Committee Co-Chair, with whom we discussed "SMEs and digital transformation".
As a member of the IMCO Committee in the European Parliament, MEP Stefanec's work focuses on SMEs, employment, entrepreneurship and the Digital Single Market. #EIFasksMEPs aims to be an opportunity for our Political members to share views on a topic of choice, in the format of a professionally filmed interview.
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On 18 November, 2014 Sir Tim Berners Lee, the father of the internet, discussed the future of the internet with EIF members & friends, looking at the threats to the web’s wide-open spaces and addressing the most important question: what web do we want?
On January 29th, EIF invited MEPs, Members and friends for an exchange of views on the future of the EU Digital Single Market.
In this highlights video, EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Ambassador Luminita Odobescu, Permanent Representative of Romania to the EU share their views on the EU Digital Single Market.
What are the key challenges and opportunities that digital transformation brings to EU taxation?
On 12 November 2019, Ivan Stefanec MEP invited EIF members for a discussion on this timely topic. The debate featured the following speakers:
On 13 November 2019, EIF and MEP Marina Kaljurand invited MEPs, Members and friends for an exchange of views regarding the priorities and expectations for this year's Internet Governance Forum.
The debate titled "IGF 2019 preparatory meeting" featured the following speakers:
In 2019 EIF invited members to exchange views on the regulatory obstacles Banks and FinTechs are facing in the Digital Era as well as how to ensure that competition, data privacy and security will empower the consumer and SMEs while allowing the sector to lead in innovation.
The debate, titled "The digital transformation of financial services", was chaired by MEP Pilar del Castillo and featured the following speakers:
On 10 July 2018, Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair exchanged views on 'How do third countries envisage their digital agenda?' with prominent speakers and EIF members at the European Parliament in Brussels. In this #EIFAsks video MEP Pilar del Castillo, Shintaro Ogi from Europe Center, José Juan Haro from Telefonica and Praveen Paranjothi from Startup Europe India Network give their views on what should be the EU’s priority issues when engaging in digital dialogue with third countries.
On 24 April 2018, MEP Pilar del Castillo and EIF invited MEPs, EIF Members and friends, to exchange views on the impact of Internet of Things on European industries. In this EIFAsks video, MEP Pilar del Castillo, the European Commission Director for the Future Networks Directorate Pearse O'Donohue, Justin Hobbs, from Zebra Technologies and Thomas Walloschke from the Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation discussed successes and challenges the Union faces in bringing digitalization to Europe’s traditional manufacturing industries.
On 21 March 2018, MEP Michal Boni and EIF invited MEPs, EIF Members and friends, to discuss how to ensure that digital is prioritised in the next Multiannual Financial Framework, from artificial intelligence to cyber-security and from copyright to ensuring high speed internet access. In this EIFAsks video EU Commissioner for Budget, Günther Oettinger, MEPs Jan Olbrycht (MFF co-rapporteur) and Michal Boni, and Kalin Tomov from the Bulgarian Permanent Representation, give their views on how to support Europe's digitisation through the next MFF.
On 6 March 2018, MEP Eva Kaili and EIF invited MEPs, EIF Members and friends to debate how to tackle hate speech and fake news while safeguarding freedom of expression. In this EIFAsks video, MEP Eva Kaili, Susan Ness (former Commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission), Italian journalist Roberto Tallei, Ronald Eissen from the International Network Against Cyber Hate and Wout van Wijk from News Media Europe, assess if self-regulation is sufficient to address the fake news phenomenon.
On 21 February 2018, Michal Boni MEP, Head of the European Parliament delegation to IGF 2017 and EIF Steering Committee member, invited MEPs, EIF Members and friends, to reflect on the IGF programme, the process and topics of importance for the European agenda. In this EIFAsks video, MEP Michal Boni, Lora Borissova on behalf of EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Lise Fuhr from ETNO, Sandra Hoferichter from EuroDIG (Europe’s regional IGF), and Chris Buckridge from RIPE NCC ponder on how to enhance IGF’s influence so it remains relevant.
On 30 January 2018, EIF & MEPs Pilar del Castillo and Michal Boni hosted an exchange of views with European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, on the impact of digital transformation in the fields of research and innovation. Digital technologies have developed tremendously in recent years. In this short interview, Commissioner Moedas gives us an overview of the progress made towards the implementation of the Digitasing European Industry initiative.
On 23 January 2018, EIF & MEPs Catherine Stihler and Brando Benifei invited members & friends to debate on Copyright in the EU Digital Single Market. The reform of EU copyright rules has been a long running and hotly debated topic within the European institutions. In this EIFAks MEP Brando Benifei and stakeholders from the publishing industry, the academia and the libraries put forward their views on how the EU could make a balanced copyright framework for the Digital Single Market.
On 24 January 2018, EIF & MEPs Pilar del Castillo and Michal Boni invited members & friends to debate on the future of work. Technological innovation is increasingly changing the nature of how we can access, organise and carry out work in many ways and forms. In this EIFAsks, MEP Michal Boni, the President of Lisbon Council -a leading think tank-, the founder of FacilityLive, and representaitives from the European Commission and UBER confer about the the work revolution and how it will affect our economy and socities.
On 5th Tuesday 2017, EIFonline & MEPs Michal Boni and Julie Ward invited members & friends to an exchange of views on the upcoming twelfth @intgovforum in #Geneva. In this #EIFAsks video, MEPs Julie Ward and Michal Boni -Head of the EP Delegation to IGF-, Dominique Lazanski from GSMA and Pearse O'Donohue from DG CONNECT at the European Commission, share their priorities and expectations for this year’s encounter in Geneva.
On 21 November, EIF & MEPs Pilar del Castillo and Eva Kaili hosted a debate to discuss the impact of Brexit on data flows. Disruptions could not only affect business activities whether in goods and services, but also R&D, the academic world, government lead projects and many public services. In this #EIFAsks video, MEPs Pilar del Castillo and Daniel Dalton, representatives from Vodafone and BTGroup – which heavily rely on uninterrupted data flows – and Giles Derrington from Tech UK – which represents the interests of UK tech companies, assess Britain’s options to avoid disruption on data flows in a post-Brexit scenario.
On 22 November 2017, Members of the European Parliament, EIF Members and friends met, with Roberto Viola, Director General at DG CNECT, European Commission for a mid-term review of the EU Digital Agenda. In this short interview, Roberto Viola comments on the current challenges of Digital Single Market Strategy, and the ones to come from a digital revolution that is transforming the European economy and society.
On 18 October 2017, EIF & MEP Eva Kaili hosted a debate to explore blockchain technology, its range of applications, the way it transforms value chains in every aspect of our life and reliable ways to build and preserve trust and security for its users. In this #EIFAsks video, MEP Eva Kaili, the renowned blockchain expert Dr Julian Hosp, Peteris Zilgavis from the European Commission, and representatives from companies developing blockchain applications and solutions such as IBM or Pro-civis, comment on the different approaches to regulating this disruptive technology.
On 17 October 2017, EIF & MEP Pilar del Castillo hosted a debate on EIF’s publication ‘Re-launching the Transatlantic Partnership - The Digital Dimension’ in the European Parliament, Brussels. The report is EIF’s contribution to the project ‘Towards Transatlantic Partnership: New Horizons 2020’, initiated by the Transatlantic Policy network (TPN) in an effort to generate ideas to shape a vision for the Transatlantic Partnership in the 21st Century. In this #EIFAsks video, MEP Marietje Schaake, EIF Senior Advisor Peter Linton and Peter Olson, Chair of EIF’s Board, share their views on the realisation and priority issue areas of a transatlantic digital agenda.
On 27th September, EIF & MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij hosted a debate on innovation, mobile commerce and the future of retail in the European Parliament, Brussels. The debate discussed trends in e-commerce and multi-channel retailing; the future of payments; and challenges for policymakers. In this #EIFAsks video, MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij, Margriet Keijzer from the Dutch Retail Association, Peteris Zilgalvis from DG CONNECT at the European Commission and Matthew Mayo from MasterCard comment on how Europe can foster e-commerce solutions.
On 25 April 2017, EIF & Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair debated on #connectedcars. Participants tackled questions such as collaboration within the telecoms industry, user expectations or the challenges for car manufacturers. In this #EIFAsks video, MEP Pilar del Castillo , European Commission official DG CONNECT Eddy Hartog , and representatives of the car, tech and telecom industries.
On 28 March 2017, EIF and Eva Kaili MEP hosted a debate to discuss how the Fintech revolution is transforming digital economics and the economy. In this #EIFAsks video, MEPs Eva Kaili, Catalin-Sorin Ivan and Neena Gill, European Commission Director General Roberto Viola DG CONNECT and representatives of the financial and technological industries share their views on wether Europe is leading or lagging in the development of Fintech technologies and rollout.
On 8 February 2017, EIF and Pilar del Castillo MEP hosted a debate to discuss the best approach to enable data flows within EU to future-proof the EU Digital Single Market. In this #EIFAsks video, representatives of the European Commission, two Member States and the start-up community share their views on the new Commission communication and what needs to be done to enable data economy in Europe.
On 7 February 2017, EIF and Victor Negrescu MEP invited representatives from various content creation and distribution industries to gather their views on the copyright reform. Last September, the European Commission published its highly anticipated proposal to reform the EU copyright rules: the proposal for a directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. In this #EIFAsks video speakers present their business priories and needs for the new set of the copyright rules.
On 25 January 2017, Pilar del Castillo MEP, EIF Chair and Head of the European Parliament Delegation to IGF, hosted a breakfast debate to reflect on the IGF programme and process, share impressions and identify topics of importance for the European agenda. EIF used this opportunity to ask the panel speakers how effective the IGF is in protecting and advancing European values and interests.The 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held last December in México. The meeting marked the first gathering of the global multistakeholder IGF community since the renewal of the IGF’s mandate for 10 years. The number of MEPs and European Commission officials taking part in the IGF was remarkable and underlines the significance of Internet Governance in Europe.
On 24 January 2017, EIF and Pilar del Castillo MEP invited a panel of experts to talk about the most important European policy issues raised by the spread of open service platforms. The open service platforms ecosystems are a catalyser for economic opportunities and jobs. Europe is ready to lead such new technologies based on open platforms.
On 30 November 2016, MEPs Emilian Pavel and Michal Boni invited EIF members and friends to a debate on this new phenomenon and discuss the framework for future cooperation between humans and robots. The emergence of robotics in our everyday life might have sounded, until recently, like science fiction, but it has now become part of our reality. Europe is a leading continent in the R&D of robotics and AI, however this already raises concerns related to the ethical considerations.
On 9 November 2016, EIF and EU40 have brought 15 MEPs on a study visit to Silicon Valley. Study visit participants and EIF and EU40 members and friends met and discussed what Europe has been doing to help start-ups and scale-ups overcome their biggest challenges and what take-aways are still relevant from Silicon Valley’s famous ecosystem. In this video the panelists of the debate answer key questions: is the Silicon Valley model still relevant for Europe and what are the most important missing ingredients we should focus on?
On 8 November 2016, EIF and Michal Boni MEP hosted a panel of experts in the European Parliament to talk about the future internet connectivity needs in Europe, 5G obstacles and promises. In September 2016, the European Commission launched a plan to boost EU efforts for the deployment of 5G infrastructures and services across the Digital Single Market by 2020. Yet in Europe today we still have around 7 million homes who lack Internet connectivity.
On 18 October 2016, the European Internet Forum and the European Energy Forum organised a joined debate at the European Parliament to look into the regulatory aspects of Smart Energy. The EU's Energy Sector is going though the digital revolution. It is hoped that the "marriage" of the Energy Sector and the Digital Market will enable Smart Energy for all Europeans, making every individual in charge of one's personal energy consumption. #EIFAsks: What should be the highest EU policy priority to help drive the uptake of Smart Energy technology?
On 29 June 2016, EIF and Kaja Kallas MEP invited a panel of small and big business representatives as well as a tax authority from Estonia to share their views on how to find an easy way for companies to pay taxes for their activities in Europe.Companies often feel discouraged from doing business across the EU as dealing with 28 different tax systems (in different languages) requires a lot of time and resources. With a rapid growth of the digital economy this issue has to be discussed at European level.
On 28 June 2016 MEPs, EIF Members and friends met the EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas for an exchange of views on his policy priorities and future initiatives. EIF used this opportunity to have a few words with the Commissioner on the innovation and innovators in Europe and how EU policy can help them.
On 16 June 2016, EIF & Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP invited a panel of entrepreneurs to talk about what it is like to scale up in Europe. Startups have been blossoming across Europe for a while now. Some of them have become success stories, some can call themselves a “unicorn”, many of them are not European any longer because were obliged to move outside Europe and/ or give up ownership to find the money to scale up. The lagging European economy cannot be revived solely on the basis of a thriving ecosystem for startups. The EU needs to offer an environment nursing scale-ups and just replicating Silicon Valley is not an option. Before the debate kicked-off EIF asked them what steps can be taken to improve the policy climate for the scalability of European start-ups?
At the recent Mobile World Congress EU unveiled its vision for 5G and a goal to become a global leader in 5G implementation. Shortly after the MWC (16/03/2016), EIF brought together industry and policy-makers to identify the policy and regulatory requirements needed to overcome fragmentation, foster inter-sector collaboration and make the vision for Europe a reality in a realistic time frame so that Europe does not lag behind other regions of the world. To better understand European policy makers and businesses vision for 5G, we asked them what more can be done to ensure EU's global 5G leadership position. Watch the video to see what they had to say...
On 16 February EIF & Sabine Verheyen MEP invited a diverse panel of speakers to share their thoughts on the Content Portability in the EU. Academics, industry representatives and consumer rights watchdog discussed European Commission's recent cross-border portability regulation proposal. To better understand what's at stake and how various groups will be affected, we asked the prominent speakers to share their views on consumers right to content portability in the EU.
EIF kicked off 2016 with a debate on the Digital Service Platforms in the European Parliament (26/01/2016). A crowded room once again proved that this topic is a priority for many EU stakeholders. What attitude toward digital platforms European legislators should take today - we asked the chairing MEP Michal Boni and the speakers of event to share their views in this video.
On 25 September 2018, MEP Pilar del Castillo and EIF invited MEPs, EIF Members and friends to exchange views on how the EU can help bridge the gender gap in technology.
In this short highlight video, MEP Pilar del Castillo, Elizabeth Crossick of RELX Group, Lora Borissova from EU Commissioner Gabriel's cabinet, Caroline Chavier of Voodoo.io, Egle Nemeikstyte of Blockchain Centre Vilnius and Melissa Rancourt from Greenlight for Girls share their views on what could be done in the future to help more women have the opportunity to succeed.
On 26 September 2018, MEP Ivan Stefanec and EIF invited MEPs, EIF Members and friends to exchange views on the current opportunities and challenges that EU SMEs are facing.
In this short highlight video, MEP Ivan Stefanec, David Goodridge of Mastercard, Horst Heitz of SME Europe, Lenard Koschwitz from Allied for Startups and Dr. Max Lemke from the European Commission share their views on how SMEs are adapting to digitalisation, how startups and SMEs can work together and how policymakers can support SMEs in becoming more digital.
On 16 October 2018, EIF hosted a lunch debate on ‘The impact of GDPR on cybersecurity and on the development of the Internet’ chaired by Peter Kouroumbashev MEP and EIF Member.
In this short highlight video, MEP Peter Kouroumbashev, Steve Purser from ENISA, Gregory Mounier of Europol and Ilias Chantzos of Symantec share their views on how GDPR has impacted cybersecurity and the development of the Internet.
On 7 November 2018, EIF hosted a breakfast debate as a preparatory meeting for the 'Internet Governance Forum (IGF)' which will take place in Paris between 12-14 of November.
In this short highlight video, MEPs Julie Ward and Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Sandra Hoferichter from EuroDIG, MAG member Arnold van Rhijn, Olivier Bringer of the European Commission and Alessandro Gropelli from ETNO share their views on the priorities of the upcoming IGF.
On 21 November 2018, MEP Eva Kaili and EIF invited MEPs, members and friends for an exchange of views on how the EU institutions build on the current platform proposals as a stepping stone to create a cohesive European digital platform approach that can boost the economy and re-introduce trust in the online space.
On 29 November 2018, EIF had the pleasure to meet Casper Klynge, the world's first Tech Ambassador, in order to exchange views on #techplomacy, future #digital trends and geopolitical #tech trends with a focus on Europe's position.
On 5 December 2018, MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij and EIF invited MEPs, Members and friends for an exchange of views on "The growing role of social media in EU citizens' engagement and democracy".
On 6th February 2019, MEP Brando Benifei and EIF invited MEPs, members and friends for the Brussels Pre-Launch of the Startup Europe Mediterranean, a project which aims to make a significant step forward as it links together different EU priorities: startups, investment but also the strategy for the Mediterranean as a geo-strategic area with innovation at the centre of the neighbourhood policy, development and cooperation and migration.
In this short highlight video, MEP Brando Benifei, Isidro Laso-Ballesteros from the European Commission, Gianpiero Lotito of FacilityLive, Zineb Rharrasse of Startup Maroc and Rasha Tantawy of TIEC share their views on the added value that Startup Europe Mediterranean can bring to the current landscape.
In 2019 EIF invited members to exchange views on how the EU can safeguard democracy in the Digital Age.
The debate, titled "Digitization and the defense of democracy", was chaired by MEP Roza Grafin von Thun und Hohenstein and featured the following speakers:
On 24 September 2019, Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF invited members to kick off the new parliamentary season by discussing the "Top 10 Digital Trends that will shape Europe's future and demand Political Leadership".
In this short highlight video, MEP del Castillo, Roberto Viola of the European Commission and Jim Cloos from the EU Council share their views on EU's digital policy priorities.
On 9 October 2018, MEP Pilar del Castillo and EIF invited MEPs, EIF Members and friends for an exchange of views with Elzbieta Bienkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, on the Future of Work.