Digitalisation in Central
and Eastern Europe:
Building a Regional Powerhouse

@RECEPTION - TUESDAY, 21 JUNE 2022, 12 PM CET (60 MIN)
ASP 5E1, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, BRUSSELS
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HOSTED BY IVAN STEFANEC MEP

IMCO & ITRE Committees

Ambassador of the League for Digital Boost

SME Connect Board Member

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Digitalization can become the next growth engine for the economies of the CEE. Equipped with strong digital fundamentals, the region is well positioned to take advantage of digitalization and seize its full potential. With the nature of European innovation changing and global competition intensifying, the time for CEE governments and businesses to increase their investment in digitalisation and innovation is now. The backbone of every digital society is to high quality digital skills, the widescale adoption of digital tools by SMEs, the use of e-government solutions, and fostering entrepreneurship and education to stimulate the startup ecosystem.

Against this backdrop, the League for Digital Boost is encouraging key stakeholders in the region to articulate the challenges in each CEE country and propose solutions to policymakers, utilising lessons from past digital regulatory campaigns. Our goal is to engage entrepreneurs, founders, government representatives and universities to create a platform for discussion for CEE innovators, improving existing policy tools and shaping proposals for future innovation.

This reception will present to the EU policymakers the League of Digital Boost initiative and  further debate what is needed to turbocharge CEE digitalisation and strengthen the innovation ecosystem.

Welcome
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Ivan Stefanec MEP

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Ambassador of the League for Digital Boost

OPENING
Key findings of the League for Digital Boost and next challenges
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Michal Kardos

Executive Director of SAPIE

Ambassador of the League for Digital Boost

REMARKS
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Petr Ocko

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

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Katarína Kakalíková

Director, Government Engagement Mastercard

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Nicola Perry

Senior Public Policy Manager, Vodafone Group

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Ondrej Ferdus

Director of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic

FOLLOWED BY A RECEPTION
WITH STATEMENTS BY THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
- CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS
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Maria GRAPINI MEP

Vice-Chair of Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

SME Connect Board Member

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH