Digital innovation: Lifting Europe’s virtual borders

High-level Conference

Lifting Europe’s virtual borders

7th November 2016, 14:30 – 18:30 h

Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin

The Single Market for goods, services, capital and people is one of the most, if not the most successful element of European integration. Yet, when it comes to digital services and products, data flows and innovative platforms, this market still appears fragmented, with “virtual border guards” in the form of national regulations eagerly protecting 28 individual national markets. How can they be brought down and European innovation be fostered? The aim of the conference was to convene inside- and outside-perspectives on the digital potential of Europe, from policy-makers and entrepreneurs as well as from EU- and international experts.

Speakers and discussants included among others Obi Felten (Director of Moonshots, X (Alphabet Inc.)), Günther Oettinger (Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission), Prof. Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers (Professor for International Business Economics at KU Leuven, Senior Fellow at Bruegel), Dr. Gundbert Scherf (Director of Armaments Strategy, Defence Industrial Policy, and Cyber Security, German Ministry of Defence) and Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein (Director, Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin; Associate Dean and Professor of Political Economy, Hertie School of Governance).

This event was part of the Berlin Science Week, which englobes 35 conferences on the topics of science and innovation, and takes place 1st – 10th November, around the Falling Walls Conference.