24 May 2018

14.15  Opening Session

Introduction by Conny Reuter, Solidar, Liaison Group co-chair

Welcome by Luca Jahier, EESC President

  • Keynote speech by Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Regulatory Policy at CEPS, Chair in Digital innovation at the College of Europe.
  • Discussion with representatives from the EU institutions and civil society, moderated by Conny Reuter
  • Ana Gomes, MEP, member of the Digital Agenda Intergroup
  • Lora Borissova, Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel
  • Ray Pinto, Policy Director for DIGITALEUROPE
  • Maarit Palovirta, Internet Society
  • Q&A

Interpretation: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT into EN/FR/DE

16.00  First round of 3 workshops in parallel

  • Culture and Education: a synergy for European identity in all its diversity (Atrium 6)
  • Cybersecurity and data protection: at the service of the general interest (JDE 62)
  • Empowerment to overcome the Digital Divide (JDE 63)

18.30  Cultural event

Cultural event organised by the EESC in the framework of the celebration of its 60th anniversary (Albert Hall)

25 May 2018

9.30  Second round of 3 workshops in parallel

  • Identities and Polarisation  (Atrium 5)
  • Digital Democracy and civil participation(JDE 62)
  • AI as a common good (JDE 63)

11.50  Closing session

Introduction by Heather Grabbe, moderator

  • Video message by Commissioner Jourová, presenting the GDPR
  • Presentation of the Charta of digital fundamental rights, by Dr. Beate Wagner, co-initiator of the Digtalcharta
  • Alessandro Mantelero, professor of Law at the Polytechnic University of Turin, special focus on data protection, Big Data, AI, IoT.
  • Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre
  • Q&A, including questions from Friends of Europe's online debate on AI
  • Adoption of conclusions

Closing remarks by Conny Reuter, co-president of the Liaison Group and Secretary-General of Solidar

Interpretation: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT into EN/FR/DE

13.00  Lunch reception

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