Towards the Digital World in 2025

Ideas and perspectives for Europe


This EIF special event kicked off an EIF project looking at how Europe can remain among the leading regions of the world in the age of digital communications.

Our purpose is to bring together high-level perspectives on some of the key macro technology trends, policy implications and future governance issues, as well as identify areas for a common approach between Europe, the United States and other key regions.   

Initial ideas and conclusions emerging from the project will be released for public comment in early 2009 prior to the European elections, and will also contribute to the debate of the Reflection Group to be initiated by the French Presidency of the EU.


14:00 - 14:30 Registration

14:30 - 14:45 Welcome and opening remarks

(Room: P1A002)

Erika Mann, MEP and EIF Chair

Video message from Hans-Gert Pöttering, MEP and President of the European Parliament

14:45 - 16:15 The Internet in 2025: What are the limits?

(Room: P1A002)

Moderator: Erika Mann, MEP and EIF Chair

Special key-note guests:

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society & Media

Eric Besson, French State Secretary, Prospectives & Evaluation of Public Policies & Internet

Patrick Dixon, Founder and Chairman, Global Change

Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society

16:15 - 16:30 Break

16:30 - 18:00 Parallel Thematic Workshops

1.Economic Focus

(Room: A1E-3)

Chair: Alexander Alvaro, MEP and EIF Member

Rapporteur: Claudio Murri, Vice-President Public Policy, TimeWarner Europe


Prof Howard Williams, Internet Institute, University of Oxford 

Ilkka Lakaniemi, Head of Global Political Dialogue and Initiative, Nokia Siemens Networks

Michel Vergotte, Director Business Development, eBay

2. Technology Trends

(Room: A1H-1)

Chair: Malcolm Harbour, MEP and EIF Governor 

Rapporteur: Andreas Tegge, VP Government Relations Global Communications, SAP AG


Marc Fossier, France Telecom Orange Group, Senior VP, Technologies & Innovation 

Andrew Herbert, Managing Director, Microsoft Research

Gee Rittenhouse, VP, Head of Research, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

Erich Ruetsche, Manager Business Development & Relations, IBM Zurich Research

3. Socio-political dimension

(Room: A1E-1)

Chair: Edit Herczog, MEP and EIF Governor 

Rapporteur: Serge Ferré, Head of Nokia EU Representative Office in Brussels


Ajit Jaokar, Founder and CEO of Futuretext, Author of "Mobile Web 2.0"

Christina Kaul, International Policy Director, Vodafone

Andrea Pirotti, ENISA, European Network and Information Security Agency

18:15 - 19:15 Plenary: Workshop reports

(Room: P1A002)

Chairman: James Elles, MEP and EIF Vice-Chair

Presentations of reports by Rapporteurs

20:00 - 22:00 Global Challenges ahead: What does it mean for Europe? / A call for action

Dinner at Stanhope Hotel***** (Rue du Commerce, 9B–1000 Brussels)

Chair: Catherine Trautmann, MEP and EIF Governor 

Speaker: Lutz Heuser, Chair of ISTAG and SAP Corporate Research


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