Since the Single Market was founded 30 years ago, Europe has profited from the increased flow of goods and services across the Union. The work to complete areas that remain fragmented continues, however, as do efforts to ensure that as novel goods and services enter the marketplace, they are also liberated from unnecessary red tape, avoiding fragmentation and enabling innovation and economic development to thrive.

In the digital sector, where much of the cutting edge European innovation takes place, there remains significant work around issues such as artificial intelligence, data privacy, cybersecurity, product safety, energy efficiency, and taxation, to name a few.

DIGITALEUROPE’s Annual Summer Summit will discuss some of these major themes that challenge the digital single market, and look for solutions, particularly for SMEs who are disproportionately impacted by market fragmentation.

Introducing our keynote speakers...

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Thierry Breton

European Commissioner for Internal Market

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Stella Kyriakides

European Commissioner for Food and Health Safety

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Eva Kaili

Vice-President, European Parliament

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Ivan Bartoš

Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development, Czech Republic

Further confirmed speakers

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

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Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

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Hilary Mine

President, DIGITALEUROPE,  and Vice President Strategy & Technology CX, Nokia

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Yann Le Cam

CEO, EURORDIS – Rare Disease Europe

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Michael Bridges

VP for Data Science, Optum Ireland and UK (a UnitedHealth Group company)

Nicolas Monsarrat

Nicolas Monsarrat

Managing Director, Accenture Health, Digital Health Europe Lead, Accenture


Casper Klynge

Vice-President, European Government Affairs, Microsoft

More speakers to be announced shortly…

Previous speakers included:

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Didier Reynders

Commissioner for Justice, European Commission 


Boštjan Koritnik

Minister of Public Administration, Republic of Slovenia

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Cédric O

Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, France, GPAI Council Chair

Outline Agenda

Note: All session timings below are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

14:00 – 14:05

Opening Remarks


Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

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Hilary Mine
President, DIGITALEUROPE and Vice President Strategy & Technology CX, Nokia

14:05 – 14:20

Opening Keynote Speech


Stella Kyriakides
European Commissioner for Food and Health Safety

14:20 – 15:05

Panel Discussion – The European Health Data Space: bridging the health data divide

The European Health Data Space (EHDS) could be a make-it-or-break-it opportunity to address fragmentation in the digital healthcare sector. This panel discussion will bring together industry executives, Member States, and patient representatives to discuss key elements of the EHDS and their potential in fixing fragmentation in healthcare. More specifically, the panel will cover the following questions: 

  1. Is the EHDS framework enough? What will be the main barriers to its implementation? Can we leverage existing best practices? 
  2. What role for industry within the EHDS? 
  3. How can the EU, patients, industry and Member States work together to make the EHDS a success?  

Moderator: Louisa Stüwe
International Policy Manager, Health Data Hub, France

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Padraic Ward
Head of Commercial Operations, Roche Pharma International.


Ioana-Maria Gligor
Head of Unit European Reference Networks and Digital Health, DG SANTE

15:05 – 15:25

Coffee break

15:25 – 15:40

Keynote Speech


Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

15:40 – 16:15

Fireside chat: Europe’s cyber resilience

16:15 – 17:00

Panel discussion – Small businesses and the AI Act: Navigating a complex web of rules

SMEs, start-ups and scale-ups have been at the forefront of AI innovation in Europe. The new legislation on AI aims to bring trustworthy and safe AI to Europe, but it may also dramatically increase uncertainty for companies, particularly smaller businesses soon facing a potential regulatory wall. How can we ensure that the AI Act becomes a business opportunity for companies without crushing Europe’s thriving AI SME and start-up scene? 


Closing remarks, cocktail reception & virtual networking


Get involved

If you are interested in knowing how you can get involved in the #DESummerSummit, or for any information, please contact

Kivanç Akil,
Senior Events Manager & Executive Coordination 

+32 473 36 17 54 / kivanc.akil@digitaleurope.org  


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