On Tuesday October 6th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organised a new session of its online Breakfast-Debate in the framework of its Business Circle platform. This event featured the participation of Alejandro Cainzos, Member of Cabinet of Margrethe Vestager, European Commission’s Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the digital age and focused on “EU Technological challenges for the next 5 years”.
Pablo López Álvarez, Vice-President of the Chamber and moderator of the event, welcomed and thanked the speaker as well as all the attendees.
Following this, David Luengo, director of the Brussels office of Indra, partner and sponsor of the event, took the floor and thanked the guest speaker for his participation in the Breakfast-Debate. Luengo made a brief presentation of the speaker along with a general description of the agenda for the digitisation that is managed from the Office of the Vice President Vestager. He also wanted to highlight Indra’s commitment with new international markets in this new wave of digital innovation.
Alejandro Caínzos began by presenting the digital agenda planned by the Commission for the current legislature, which aims to develop a common technology strategy based on the European model of digital transformation in which European citizens and civil society are expected to participate. Even if the European Union was late for the first wave of digital innovation based in the extraction of personal data, the Commission is working to make the next ten years the European digital decade based on industrial data through the appropriate regulatory framework together with productive investments that encourage the digitalisation of our economies and societies. For this strategy, it will be essential to have clear milestones on a number of topics such as connectivity, 5G, modernisation of public services, use of data to help SMEs and adaptation of the education system to digitisation. In all these areas, cyber security will be crucial. In the particular context of economic recovery in which we find ourselves, the speaker underlined the importance of the European digital development as 20% of all aid linked to the EU recovery fund (Next generation EU) will be used for the digitisation and modernisation of our economies. Finally, Cainzos highlighted the particular case of Spain, which will be one of the economies that will benefit from a greater volume of investment, given the impact of the pandemic. These funds will be the ideal opportunity to make decisive progress in digitisation by investing in the right technologies in this new wave of digital innovation.
During the round of questions, the participants were able to express their doubts and comments on various issues of interest such as the non-discrimination of people with disabilities in the use of new technologies, the portability and transfer of individual data, the role of professional training, the role of standardisation agencies or the establishment of horizontal rules in the regulation of state aid.
From the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg we would like to thank Alejandro Caínzos, our partner company Indra for sponsoring this breakfast debate and all those present for their attendance.