Workshop: Preparing the State of The Digital Decade Report 2023


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PLEASE NOTE: All attendees are invited to join the workshop through a WebEx link. Only the speakers will be present in-person.

With the State of the Digital Decade Report planned to be published in June, the Commission will present the state of play of the EU’s digital transformation, including: stock-taking on challenges and on EU’s and national progress towards the Digital Decade objectives and targets, on Multi-Country Projects, identifying significant gaps and shortages, and issuing recommended actions to address possible gaps. 

In preparation for the publishing of the report, the Commission is organising an open workshop on Thursday 20th April,  to gather feedback from digital transformation experts working in European companies, consultancies and organisations.  

More specifically, the goal of the meeting will be to get the latest insights on the digital transformation, the opportunities brought about by new technologies, and the challenges linked to the achievement of the 2030 Digital decade.  

The workshop will be as interactive as possible between 15-20 participants (see full list of confirmed panelists at the bottom of the page, to be updated in the coming days). The discussion will be divided into three one-hour sessions, introduced by one or two speakers and moderated by the Commission: 

  • PART I: Key trends in digital transformation by 2030 

  • PART II: Europe’s challenges for digital transformation 

  • PART III: Sustainable development  

Attendees will be given the possibility to ask questions through the Digital Decade Futurium Community. 

Draft Agenda 

09:30 – 09:40: Welcome & Introductory Remarks by Kamila KLOC (Acting Director, Directorate for Connectivity and the Digital Decade, DG CONNECT, European Commission) 

09:40 – 10:40: PART I – What are Europe’s key trends in digital transformation and opportunities for 2030? 

  • What key facts and figures in your view best describe Europe’s current position on digitalisation? 

  • What would you say are the top 3 strengths of Europe right now? 

  • What will the digital world look like in 2030? What new trends are emerging in the field of digital? 

  • What are the key opportunities that Europe should seize between now and 2030? 

09:40 – 09:45: Introductory remarks by Alessandro GROPELLI (Deputy Director-General, ETNO)  

09:45 – 09:50: Introductory remarks by Florence VERZELEN (Executive Vice President in charge of Industry, Marketing and Sustainability, Dassault Systèmes)  

09:50 – 10:40: Discussion - moderated by Eric PETERS (Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Decade Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission) 

10:40 – 11:40: PART II – Europe’s challenges for digital transformation 

  • What economic and societal challenges do you expect to encounter? 

  • What strategic areas should the EU focus on in the coming years? 

  • Which priority action should the EU undertake to achieve the Digital Decade notably with regards to reinforcing its resilience and its leadership, and more generally European values? 

10:40 – 10:45: Introductory remarks by Solveigh HIERONIMUS (Senior Partner, McKinsey) 

10:45 – 10:50: Introductory remarks by Paul HOFHEINZ (President and co-founder, The Lisbon Council) 

10-50 – 11:40: Discussion - moderated by Eric PETERS (Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Decade Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission)  

11:40 – 11:55: Short Break 

11:55 – 12:55 – Part III – Sustainable Development 

  • What efforts are needed to ensure a successful sustainable, digital transformation? 

  • What are the opportunities of twinning the two transitions: green and digital? 

11:55 – 12:05: Introductory remarks by Luis NEVES (CEO, 

12:05 – 12:55: Discussion - moderated by Ilias IAKOVIDIS (Adviser for Societal Challenges - Green Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT, European Commission) 

12:55 – 13:00: Conclusions by Eric PETERS (Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Decade Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission) 

Confirmed Panelists

  1. Laith Altimime (President, Semi Europe)
  2. Leo Baumann (Director EU, Nokia) 
  3. Sebastien Buckup (Head of Network and Partnerships, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum) 
  4. Claire Fernandez (Executive Director, EDRi)
  5. Maryant Fernández Pérez (Senior Digital Policy Officer, BEUC) 
  6. Patrick Grady (Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation) 
  7. Alessandro Gropelli (Deputy Director-General, ETNO) 
  8. Paul Hofheinz (President and Co-founder, The Lisbon Council) 
  9. Solveigh Hieronimus (Senior Partner, McKinsey)
  10. Molly Lesher (Head of the Digital Economy Policy, Economics, and Measurement Unit, OECD)
  11. Jutta Juliane Meier (Founder and CEO, Identity Valley) 
  12. Federico Menna (Chief Executive Officer, Europe Institute of Innovation and Technology Digital) 
  13. Luis Neves (CEO, 
  14. Damir Prusac (Vice President of Engineering, Infobip)
  15. Florence VERZELEN (Executive Vice President in charge of Industry, Marketing and Sustainability, Dassault Systèmes) 



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