14:00 | 14:10 -  Opening remarks by Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic Social Committee 

14:10 | 15:00 -  How can digitalisation boost sustainability?

Moderated by Peter Schmidt, President of the NAT section and rapporteur of the EESC Opinion on Digitalisation and Sustainability

High-level political panel: How do we ensure continuing political leadership and civil society engagement to bring about joint sustainable and digital transformation in the midst of competing priorities as we move beyond COVID?

15:00 | 15:45 -  Challenging digital monopolies: New opportunities for European SMEs?

Moderated by István Komoróczki, EESC Member and co-rapporteur of the Opinion

Expert panel: How can we create opportunities for European SMEs and move towards more fairness and sustainability in the digital economy?

Q&A and debate

15:45 | 16:30 -  How can digitalisation empower citizens as we move towards sustainability?

Moderated by Baiba Miltoviča, President of the TEN section

Expert panel: How can digitalisation empower citizens and local communities, and assist consumers at making more sustainable choices?

  • Prof. Tilman Santarius, expert of the rapporteur, Professor of Social Transformation and Sustainable Digitalisation at TU Berlin and ECDF
  • Dirk Meyer, Director General, Head of the Central Department (Administration, Budget, Research, Digitalisation)
  • Nathan Williams, CEO of Minespider
  • Thomas Hoiboom, Local Cooperative Platform Ammersee Shop
  • Céline Ménétrier, La Ruche Qui Dit Oui

Q&A and debate

16:30 | 16:45 -  Conclusions by Cillian Lohan, EESC Vice-President for Communication 

Participants may speak in FR-EN-DE-ES-PL and listen to FR-EN-DE-PL.

No interpretation between 15:00 - 15:45.