The right policies to progress Europe’s digital economy

IIEA30th November 20161min
The Digital Single Market DSM initiative is worth an estimated €415 billion to the EU economy, and has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Podcast: Download the keynote audio podcast from this event here

 

About the Speech

The Digital Single Market DSM initiative is worth an estimated €415 billion to the EU economy, and has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. It is vital to the future of European prosperity. Much progress has been made but if the benefits of digital are to be fully realised the pace of implementation will need to intensify. Mr. Viola discussed how this can be achieved, and how policy makers and the private sector can collaborate to optimise this process.

 

Please note this event was kindly sponsored by Google and was followed by a panel discussion with Fionnuala MeehanVP EMEA, Head of Google Ireland, and Brian Caulfield, Partner, Draper Esprit.

 

About the Speaker

Roberto Viola is Director-General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.

He served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was member of the (BEREC) Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators) and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG).

He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including as Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).