Digitalisation in Central
and Eastern Europe:
Building a Regional Powerhouse

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 the 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. The 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

    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

    Michal Kardos

    Executive Director of SAPIE

    Ambassador of the League for Digital Boost

  • REMARKS

    Petr Ocko

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

    KatarĂ­na KakalĂ­kovĂĄ

    Director, Government Engagement Mastercard

    Nicola Perry

    Senior Public Policy Manager, Vodafone Group

    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

    Maria GRAPINI MEP

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

    SME Connect Board Member

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