Where is Europe Headed?
European Priorities for Digital Policies
and SMEs in the Light of the Czech Presidency

WEBCAST - Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 4 PM CET (75 MIN)
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Hosted by Alex Agius Saliba MEP

Chair of the SME Connect Platform Economy Working Group

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The Czech Republic will take up its Presidency at a historic moment for Europe. The challenges posed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have had a strong impact on the Czech agenda. An upsurge in the cost of living has put the economy back into focus and wider questions of how Europe can grow, develop and continue to provide high quality jobs abound.

This is on top of the important strategic topics of climate protection and digitization. The current Czech government is an innovative digital pioneer in digitization, which also has a focus on SMEs.

SMEs are critical players in Europe’s economy and they will play an important role in Europe’s digital transition. SME representatives would like to know how the Czech Presidency intends to help in the achievement of the EU’s digital and economic and ambitions.

In this context, the previous European digital policy should be reflected. SME representatives will give direct statements and questions to gain an insight into the Czech positions and ideas first hand.

Welcome & Opening
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Jolana Mungengova

SME Connect Special Adviser Digital & Fitfor55;

Former Advisor on European Affairs (Czech EUCO Sherpa) to H.E. Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic;

Former Member of Commissioner Malmström Cabinet

Keynote
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Ondrej Ferdus

Director of the Digital Economy & Technology Unit, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic;

Member of Czech Digital Team;

Vice Chair at the Business at OECD Committee on Digital Economic Policy

Debate
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Michal Boni

Spokesperson for the Coalition of the Digital Ads of SMEs;

SME Connect Special Advisor for Digitalisation and AI;

Member of the European Parliament 2014 – 2019;

First Minister of Administration and Digitalisation of Poland

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Michal Kardos

Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy – SAPIE

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Peter Kofler

Danish Entrepreneurs

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Glen Hodgson

Founder and Secretary General, Freelance Movement

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Karina Stan

Director of EU Policy, Developers Alliance

Conclusion & Closing
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Jolana Mungengova

SME Connect Special Adviser Digital & Fitfor55;

Former Advisor on European Affairs (Czech EUCO Sherpa) to H.E. Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic;

Former Member of Commissioner Malmström Cabinet

Moderation
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Horst Heitz

Chair Steering Committee, SME Connect