Digital Single Market at the heart of Europe

Author: Nikola Benin

Digital Assembly 2016 in Bratislava


The Digital Assembly 2016, the most important DG Connect annual event in policy making, entitled “Putting the Digital Single Market at the heart of Europe” will take place at the Slovak National Theatre. It is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Slovakian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Day 1: Wednesday 28 September 2016

Day 2: Thursday 29 September 2016

From 08:00 to 09:30
Registration and Welcome Coffee
From 08:15 to 09:15
Digital Champions working breakfast
From 09:30 to 09:40
Opening of the Digital Assembly 2016

by the moderator Kate Russell.

From 09:40 to 09:45
Welcome Remarks

Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia.

From 09:45 to 09:55
Opening Speech

Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia

From 09:55 to 10:10
Keynote speech

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market

From 10:10 to 11:00
A Gigabit Europe

animated by Kate Russell.

With Martin Dzbor from Kosice IT Valley.

Karin Ahl from FTTH Council Europe

From 11:00 to 11:25
Coffee Break
From 11:25 to 12:30
Inspirational speeches on Digital Single Market

Maja Pantic, Imperial College London

Juraj Vaculik, CEO Aeromobil

From 12:30 to 14:00
Networking Lunch
From 14:00 to 14:10
Opening of the afternoon plenary of the Digital Assembly 2016
From 14:10 to 14:25
Keynote Speech

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

From 14:25 to 15:10
From Startup to Scaleup Europe – Supporting growth in the digital economy

The panel will focus on the challenges encountered by leading tech business and how to overcome them. The debate will be focused around the development of startup ecosystems, support of innovation, the lifecycle of a tech company from inception to IPO, and policy measures for the digital economy and digital single market.

  • Paul Hofheinz – President Lisbon Council and Coordinator European Digital Forum – Moderator of the session.
  • Sebastian Siemiatkowski –  Cofounder and CEO of Klarna
  • Zuzana Nehajová – Director General at the Directorate General for Innovation and Business Environment – ‎Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
  • Peter Verhoeven –  Head of EMEA of
  • Karen Boers – Cofounder & Managing Director of, Board member & CEO of European Startup Network
From 15:10 to 15:35
Fireside Chat

Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT

From 15:35 to 16:35
Digital Single Market – The way forward

Panel discussion with



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