Several Commissioners will participate in this year’s Lisbon Web Summit starting today in the Portuguese capital, where they will highlight the important role of technology for our democracy and our economy, as well as in promoting gender equality in our society.
Commissioners Věra Jourová, responsible for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and Carlos Moedas, responsible for Research, Science and Innovation will attend tonight’s opening hosted by António Costa, the Portuguese Prime Minister. Tomorrow, the two Commissioners will start the EU’s programme with a Facebook Live launch of the 2019 EU Prize for Women Innovators. Commissioner Moedas will also announce the winner of the EU’s iCapital award for the most innovative city in Europe, accept recommendations for social innovation policy by an EU supported project, sign a new project funding agreement with Innofin/COSME support and attend several talks and panel debates. Also on Tuesday, Commissioner Jourová will participate in panel debates on technology’s impact on democracy and on gender equality at the workplace. In addition, Commissioner Julian King, responsible for the Security Union, will take part in a panel discussion on the risks from online extremism and disinformation. On Wednesday, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, responsible for Competition policy, will deliver a keynote speech on building a fairer digital economy at the Web Summit’s Centre Stage. Commissioners Jourová and Vestager and Moedas will also hold press conferences at the event [broadcasts will be confirmed on EbS]. The Commission will also set up a dedicated EU stand at the Web Summit under the #InvestEU banner to promote EU funding and investment opportunities for European and global technology companies. The EU, together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), has already provided significant investment to support the development of new digital technologies, including through the EU Investment Plan and EU’s Research and Innovation funding programme Horizon 2020. More information about the EU presence at the Web Summit is also available through this Facebook page and via the Twitter hashtag #EUatWebsummit.