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Is Europe a leader in the global race for innovation?

ICT and Digital Agenda
Date: Wednesday, 05 December 2018 16:30 - 18:15

Venue: Residence Palace

Future economic prosperity and security depend on innovation, which requires coherent and ambitious policy framework as well as generous spending on research and development. And yet, Europe – one of the richest regions in the world – spends so little on it: EU countries invest less than 2 percent of GDP on R&D every year, which is less than Japan, the U.S. and China.

Fierce international competition requires the EU to be at the forefront of innovation and the deployment of standards to secure its global competitiveness. Is Europe running behind on innovation, and how can it close the gap?

Join us on December 5 in Brussels for POLITICO’s event “Is Europe a leader in the global race for innovation?”. This event assesses where Europe stands in the global race for innovation and what it should do to take the lead.

Follow the discussion on Twitter using #EUInnovationRace.

Registration and Welcome Coffee
5:00 PM CETOpening Remarks by POLITICO’s Moderator
Nick Vinocur, Technology Editor, POLITICO
5:05 PM CETOne-to-One Opening Interview - “What’s next for Europe’s Digital, Space & Defense industrial innovation?”
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Conducted by Laura Greenhalgh, Assistant Policy Editor, POLITICO

5:20 PM CETOpening Ted-Talk
Björn Ekelund, Corporate research director responsible for hardware, antenna and IoT research, Ericsson
5:27 PM CETPanel Discussion
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Rubén Bonet, Co-founder, President and CEO, Fractus
Vincent Aussilloux, Director Economics and Finance, France Stratégie
Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, The Progressive Policy Institute
Conducted by Nick Vinocur, Technology Editor, POLITICO

6:15 PM CETClosing Remarks followed by a Networking Reception


For more info and registrations click here.



Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels


All Dates

  • Wednesday, 05 December 2018 16:30 - 18:15

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