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[EN] SAVE THE DATE | The Digital Decade and the Telecom sector value creation (September 28)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 28th of September 2021 at 16.00.

The event will consist of an afternoon session on the question of how the EU telecom industry can create long term-value in Europe with our distinguished speakers:

  • Mr Anthony Whelan, Member of the Cabinet of President Von der Leyen, European Commission;
  • Ms Eva Kaili MEP (S&D/GR), Committee on Industry, Research and Energy – ITRE, European Parliament;
  • Ms Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE;
  • Dr Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy, CEPS;
  • Ms Nawar Cristini Equity Analyst, Morgan Stanley;
  • Mr Ramon Fernandez, Delegate CEO, Finance, Performance and Development, Orange.

 

The event will be moderated by Matthew Newman, Chief Correspondent, MLex

This is a public event hence it will not be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is co-organised with

About the debate

The aim of the event is to have an exchange of views on whether and how the European telecommunications sector can create long-term value within the EU.

The digitalisation of the EU is on its way and will hugely contribute to the various recovery plans currently under definition at national level since 20% of the amount should be devoted to digital projects. This is essential to ensure the EU recovery as well as to keep pace at global level and remain competitive. In addition, the EU has adopted ambitious targets in its 2021 Digital Compass.

EU telecom operators are currently actively speeding up the transition to 5G and fibre networks while facing a difficult economic context. At the same time, estimates show that €300bn investment is still needed to achieve full gigabit connectivity.

In this context, the event will touch upon several crucial aspects of the EU digital transformation process, such as and among others: which regulatory approaches and investment policy are needed to support private investment into networks and new business models, how to unlock innovation and foster new EU technological solutions, for instance, on cloud or network evolution, as well as the challenges and the opportunities of the green transition.

The event will commence at 16.00 and it will last until about 18.00

The dicussion will be held in streaming.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #DigitalDecade

#DigitalDecade

#RecoveryPlan

#GreenTransition

We look forward to hosting you at 16.00 on the 28th of September

[EN] INVITATION | Special Event | Smart and sustainable: How can Digital help the green transition? (July 12)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Monday, 12th of July at 17.00.

We will discuss the role of ICT in finding smart and sustainable solutions for the green transition.

Our distinguished speakers for the evening will be:

  • Vincent Berrutto, Head of Innovation, Research, Digitalisation and Competitiveness, European Commission – DG ENERG;
  • Markus Ferber MEP (EPP/DE);
  • Lise Fuhr, Director General, European Telecommunication Network Operators’ Association (ETNO);
  • Luis Neves, CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI);
  • Eva Barteková, Policy Analyst, Environment Directorate, Environment & Economy Integration Division, OECD.

Birgit Klesper, SVP Group Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Telekom, will give the opening reamrks.

Björn-Sören Gigler, Senior Digital Innovation Officer, European Commission – DG CNECT, and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, will hold a keynote speech.

This event will be moderated by Anja Ingenrieth, Vice President, European Affairs – Brussels, Deutsche Telekom.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is co-organised with

As part of the series

 

About the debate

In mid-July 2021, the European Commission will present the « Fit for 55 » legislative package to fundamentally overhaul the EU’s climate policy architecture and put the EU on track to meet its 2030 climate target (55%).

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 means that European economies and societies will have to undergo a significant transformation to achieve the decoupling of resource use from economic growth. The EU climate targets pave the way for a flood of legislation that will change most aspects of EU citizens’ daily lives.

There is no doubt that the ICT sector will play an important role in this transformation. Digital infrastructures and services help other industries to save a significant part of their C02 emissions – smart solutions for cities, homes, transport, production or agriculture are key to achieving climate neutrality. This « enabling effect » is far greater than the C02 footprint of the ICT sector itself. Maximizing this potential is a key objective of the Green Digital Coalition, an industry initiative supported by the Commission, under which participating CEOs commit to investing in the development and deployment of green digital solutions with significant energy and material efficiencies that deliver a net positive impact across a wide range of sectors.

Nevertheless, the EU is only at the beginning of the journey. The new Industrial Strategy and Recovery Plan for Europe recently reaffirmed that the Commission sees the green and digital transition as a cornerstone of the post-Covid recovery process. However, some sectors paint a less optimistic picture, warning that the Green Deal will lead to deindustrialization and carbon leakage, as well as job losses. Within this context, it is critical to further explore the steps needed to make the EU a leader in clean technologies, as well as to understand how the green transition will affect Europe’s geopolitical power play and industrial competitiveness. These are unanswered questions that the old continent is and will be facing for a very long time to come.

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will last until 18.30.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #Fit455

#EUGreenDeal

#EUDigital

#GreenTransition

#DigitalTransition

#ClimateAction

We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 12th of July 2021.

INVITATION | Pesticides Residues: How to ensure EU agri-food competitiveness? (June 2)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Wednesday, 2nd of June 2021 at 17.00.

The event will consist of an evening discussion on pesticide residues and how to ensure EU agri-food competitiveness with our distinguished speakers:

  • Ms Almut Bitterhof, Deputy Head of Unit, Pesticides and biocides, DG SANTE – European Commission;
  • Ms Eileen Gordon Laity, Secretary General, European Coffee Federation (ECF);
  • Ms Anna Boulova, Secretary General, European Federation of the Trade in Dried Fruit, Nuts, Processed Fruit, Vegetables and Fishery Products (FRUCOM);
  • Ms Mar Fernandez, Director, Spanish Association of Egg Producers (ASEPRHU);
  • Mr Okisegere Ojepat, Chief Executive Officer, Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya.

Mr Ondrej Knotek MEP (Renew/CZ) will hold a keynote speech.

The event will be moderated by Mr Sarantis Michalopoulos, Journalist, Euractiv.

This event is public, hence it will not be held under the Chatham House Rule

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is kindly sponsored by

About the debate

The production of crops in the EU coupled with the free flow of agricultural commodities, produced in other regions of the world and then imported into the EU, provides European consumers with a stable supply of affordable, safe and nutritious food. A wide variety of staple commodities, as well as fruits and vegetables that we enjoy all year round, are only placed on the EU market by respecting the EU’s very strict standards. No matter where the products come from, they have to respect the same high EU standards.

The international trade of agricultural products relies on the joint efforts of many countries to set, and adhere to, internationally agreed standards. These are key to allowing the free flow of agricultural goods around the world. One such standard is a Maximum Residue Level (MRLs) for pesticides. These are set to ensure that all traded agricultural goods adhere to good agricultural practices and comply with the latest scientific evaluations. MRLs are always set to guarantee consumer safety.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducts annual evaluations of both food grown in the EU, and of food imported from outside the EU. Year on year these evaluations have demonstrated that good agricultural practices are being respected by farmers and that nearly all food products on the EU market comply with EU MRLs. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of having free flowing, transparent and resilient food supply chains in the EU.

Farmers around the world have different needs when it comes to protecting their crops from pests and diseases. These farmers should not be unduly penalised when legally treating their crops and subsequently realizing that they will not be able to export to the EU. Trade-enabling policies help foster the development of agriculture in developing countries, a key sector to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals of poverty eradication, zero hunger and economic growth.

MRLs not only provide fair market access for suppliers from non-EU countries, but also ensure the competitiveness of the entire EU agri-food value chain, including traders, processors, food and feed industry, as well as livestock producers. The EU relies on imports of key commodities that end up being further processed in the EU, resulting in added value food products such as chocolate or coffee, or directly enjoyed by EU consumers such as tropical fruits, nuts and spices.

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will be held in streaming

The session intends to cover the views from EU authorities, third countries and the EU agri-food chain on EU MRL policy, with a discussion on how to go towards a win-win scenario for EU agri-food competitiveness, third countries market access and EU consumer choice.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #MRLs

#Agriculture

#MRLs

#Trade

We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 2nd of June 2021

[EN] INVITATION | 5G for Businesses: Evolution or Revolution? (March 16)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 16th of March 2021 at 14.15

The event will consist of an afternoon session on the questions of 5G as a game changer in transforming business organisations and the roll out of 5G networks in Europe with our distinguished speakers:

  • Mr Pearse O’Donohue, Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT – European Commission;
  • Ms Susana Solis-Perez MEP (Renew/ES);
  • Ms Hilary Mine, Head of strategy and technology, Cx, Nokia;
  • Ms Michaël Trabbia, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Orange;

Mr Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CONNECT – European Commission will hold a keynote speech.

Mr Frank Guldentops, 5G Project Manager, Covestro and Mr Mikael Shamim, CEO, Helicus will hold a short presentation on 5G business cases respectively in the domains of Industry 4.0 and Healthcare.

The event will be moderated by Matthew Newman, Chief Correspondent, MLex

This event be held under the Chatham House Rule

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is co-organised with

About the debate

With the outbreak of the Corona crisis, boosting the digital transformation has been put at the forefront of Europe’s digital agenda. Making the EU more digital and greener is now the overarching principle leading the European Union as a whole, notably through the Recovery Plan. To fulfil the European Commission’s key priorities of investing in a greener, more digital and connected Europe, it is crucial to quickly deploy state-of-the-art networks, with special regard to 5G.

The increased number of commercial deployments across the EU shows the fruitful cooperation amongst mobile network operators and the exploration of the new features of 5G networks: real time data exchanges with low latency, 5G network slicing and improved security. In addition, innovations such as augmented capacity of production processes’ monitoring and management in manufacturing are now at hand.

However, 5G is not widely available yet and its slow deployment across Europe has allowed the United States and a number of Asian countries to lead the global 5G race. With next generation technologies depending on the swift rollout of 5G networks, Europe’s competitiveness and sovereignty can be impacted.

Given this setting, it would be important to discuss how to ensure further public and private investments, also by taking into consideration the Recovery and Resilience Facility, how to ease the rollout of 5G, with special regard to permits and mobile network sharing agreements, as well as what are the benefits of new network developments, such as Open RAN.

The event will commence at 14.15 and it will be held in streaming

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #5G4B

#DigitalTransformation

#5G

#5GNetworks

#RecoveryPlan

#OpenRan

We look forward to hosting you at 14.15 on the 16th of March 2021