In October 2011 the European Commission adopted a €50 billion plan to boost Europe's transport, energy and digital networks with targeted investments in key infrastructures.
It is intended to help create jobs and boost Europe's competitiveness at a time when Europe needs it most. In particular, in the field of telecommunication some 9 billion Euros will be devoted to Next Generation Networks in rural and suburban areas.
How will the EC ensure that the Connecting Europe Facility invites investments in disadvantaged areas that actually result in competition both at technology and service level, so as to positively impact the choice and quality of services for end-users? This debate will address these issues by looking at past experiences & economic analysis of co-investments.
Edit Herczog, MEP and EIF Governor
Carl-Christian Buhr, Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes
Mike Neilson, Digital Director for the Scottish Government
Fod Barnes, Senior Adviser at Oxera