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Visions for a European “digital sovereignty” or “strategic autonomy” have recently emerged in the policy debate, with various interpretations of what these concepts mean and how they can be implemented in practice. Discussions stem from increasing concerns raised over the economic and social influence of global tech companies. There is shared view that Europe needs to increase its technological capabilities, in cooperation with likeminded partners which share Europe’s values and comply with EU rules and standards. Against this background the need for a European ‘digital public sphere’ which reflects European values is increasingly being voiced.

We will explore what is needed to create a digital ecosystem which helps European infrastructure, European content and European innovation to shine and which supports the competitiveness of EU companies at an international level. Panellists will give examples of concrete solutions and give insights into the obstacles that occur when trying to build autonomous European solutions.

  • Programme

    Opening remarks

    Angelika Niebler MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member


    Ulrich Wilhelm, Director General, Bayerischer Rundfunk; Member Board of Trustees acatech (German National Academy of Science and Engineering)

    Gianpiero Lotito, Founder & CEO, FacilityLive; President of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA)

    Wolfgang Kopf, SVP, Group Public & Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG

    Michael Bültmann, Managing Director, HERE Germany


    Maria Rosa Gibellini, Director General, European Internet Forum

    Exchange of views with the participants under the Chatham House rules

Practical information

04 November 2020 16:00 - 17:30
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  • Angelika Niebler MEP, EIF Steering Committee Member
  • Maria Rosa Gibellini Director General European Internet Forum
  • Ulrich Wilhelm Director General Bayerischer Rundfunk
  • Gianpiero Lotito Founder & CEO of FacilityLive President of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA), Ambassador #EUvsVirus
  • Wolfgang Kopf SVP, Group Public & Regulatory Affairs Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Michael Bültmann Managing Director HERE Germany