The power of connectivity is beyond imagination. If developed properly and fairly, it can boost and transform lives, create a sense of community, and enable Europe to live up to its values. Connectivity opens up a world of access to education, skills and training, enabling self-agency in tackling climate change & the housing crisis as well as improving mobility and agriculture – and so much more.
That is the power we are tapping into through Connected Europe, an initiative launched in partnership with Vodafone to foster a successful, green and resilient digital transformation in Europe.
Solutions cannot be not determined by a single institution or approach. It isn’t about access to jobs vs. access to health, or a greener Europe vs. a strong economy. It’s about wiring things around people and communities to improve livelihoods. It’s about private, public and civil society working in a different way, and together, locked in by social contract that enables a just transition to a world that is fast emerging.
Participants include: Virginia Maria Barchiesi, Generation Z Youth Ambassador for UNICEF Italy; Dajana Berisha, Executive Director of the Forum for Civic Initiatives; Velibor Bošković, Executive Director of the Science Technology Park Montenegro and European Young Leader (EYL40); Jorge Esteban, Advisor to the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism; Patricia Frias, Head of International Relations Fondazione Cariplo; Paula Ingabire, Rwandan Minister of ICT & Innovation and Co-Chair of the Africa Europe Foundation’s Strategy Group on Digital; Willem Jonker, CEO of EIT Digital; Lois Labrianidis, Secretary General of the Greek Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism; Andrea Mairate, Economic Advisor at the European Commission Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs; Fabio Marchetti, Director of the International Affairs Department at Generali; Zofija Mazej Kukovic, Deputy Chair of the ECDC Managing Board, former Member of European Parliament and former Slovenian Minister of Health; Martha Mghendi-Fisher, Founder of the European Women Payments Network (EWPN); Victor Negrescu, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education and former Romanian Minister for EU Affairs; Admir Softic, Assistant Minister, Sector of Energy at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Margo Thomas, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Economic Imperative; Vasia Vasiloupoulou, Deputy CEO at Stellar Capacity; and Ben Wreschner, Chief Economist at Vodafone Group, among others.
This Policy Insight is the first in a series and will be an opportunity to discuss the recommendations of the Successful Europe Working Group with a multi-stakeholder audience.
The digital transformation is a cornerstone of European recovery, and will ultimately enable Europe to be more successful and competitive on the global stage. But what does a successful Europe look like, and how can it be achieved? In recent focus groups, Debating Europe found that citizens repeatedly cited convenience, quality and fairness as the keys to success. To reach such meta-goals, Europe will need to become more globally competitive, with the right framework in place to stimulate digital innovation, enable citizens’ trust and speed up investment in the right areas. The continent will need to see a renewed drive towards investments in infrastructure and look to new forms of public-private partnerships. And it will need to boost access to digital education, skills and learning to unlock job opportunities – ultimately leading to greater equality of opportunity and improved social mobility.
This debate will be an opportunity to discuss the recommendations of the Successful Europe Working Group with a multi-stakeholder audience.
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