A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR EUROPE’S DIGITAL RULES. Leading the path towards AI and digital services revolution

PromethEUs – a new network of four Southern European think tanks – marked its debut on the EU stage hosting on 13 October its first Digital Conference, entitled “A new framework for Europe’s digital rules. Leading the path towards AI and digital services revolution”.

As the European Commission is preparing to put on the table in the coming months two of the main legislative packages of the current institutional cycle – the Artificial Intelligence legislative framework and the Digital Services Act – and the debate on those issues has been intensifying within the European Institutions and in the national capitals, PromethEUs provided a forum for an open and high-level discussion in order to take stock of the Commission’s Digital Strategy in view of the next institutional steps.

The conference gave the floor to 20 high-level speakers, including EU and national key decision-makers, and brought together more than 100 stakeholders from Brussels and the national capitals, including representatives from EU and national institutions, research and business organisations, trade and consumer associations and other relevant stakeholders.

Among the speakers, there were Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CNECT, European Commission, who delivered a keynote speech on “Setting European Rules for the Global Digital Era”; Members of European Parliament Eva Kaili (Chair of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology, STOA); Alex Agius Saliba (Rapporteur on DSA), Maria-Manuel Leitão-Marques (Vice-Chair IMCO Committee); AIDA Special Committee Members Edina Tóth (Vice-Chair), Brando Benifei and Susana Solís Pérez. Speakers also included the current and future chairs of the EU Council Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society, Robert Dehm, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU and Ricardo Castanheira, Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU. Mirella Liuzzi, Undersecretary of State, Italian Ministry of Economic Development, sent a written contribution to the discussion.

PromethEUs was represented by Stefano da Empoli, President, I-Com – the Institute for Competitiveness; Óscar Fernández, Senior Researcher, EsadeGeo; Aggelos Tsakanikas, Scientific Advisor, IOBE.

High-level speakers from the business, academic and civil society organisations also joined the event: João Castro, Head of Digital Experience Lab and Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics; Cinzia Guido, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Digital Adviser, Confindustria EU Delegation; Luc Hendrickx, Director, Competitiveness of Enterprises – External Relations – Legal Affairs, SMEunited; Iverna Mcgowan, Director Europe Office, Center for Democracy and Technology – CDT; Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General, BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation.

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Speakers confirmed:

Alex AGIUS SALIBA

Pablo ARIAS ECHEVERRÍA

Brando BENIFEI

Ricardo CASTANHEIRA

João CASTRO

Stefano DA EMPOLI

Robert DEHM

Oscar FERNANDEZ

Cinzia GUIDO

Kilian GROSS

Luc HENDRICKX

Eva KAILI

Maria-Manuel LEITÃO-MARQUES

Mirella LIUZZI

Iverna MCGOWAN

Ursula PACHL

Susana SOLÍS PÉREZ

Edina TÓTH

Aggelos TSAKANIKAS

Roberto VIOLA

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