EU Digital Sovereignty 2020

EU Digital Sovereignty 2020

Event Overview

This Forum Europe debate will address how the EU and its member states are approaching technology sovereignty development. It will look at issues around data ownership and how and where data are used and held; consider new, sustainable business models that are constructed around privacy by design, data sovereignty and data innovation, and the potential roles for European and international businesses, investors, regulators and civil society in determining the path for Europe’s digital future.


Key Considerations

What role the public and private sectors must play to grow the European digital eco-system, including non-EU firms.

What legislative and political tools the EU and its member countries have or might need to ensure less dependency on non-European digital service providers and greater competition on the market.

Examples of initiatives by European firms to build and provide viable alternative products and services for European citizens and businesses.

How, if Europe gets this right, its push for digital sovereignty could further encourage and cement a values-based approach to global digital cooperation.

Co-hosted by

Axel Voss

Axel Voss


European Parliament

Garcia del Blanco

García del Blanco


European Parliament

Confirmed Speakers

Margrethe Vestager 240x240

Margrethe Vestager

Executive Vice President, “A Europe Fit For The Digital Age”

European Commission

Jean-Claude Ghinozzi

Jean-Claude Ghinozzi



Harold 240

Harold Goddijn



Ken Hu 240x240

Ken Hu



Stephanie 240

Stephanie De Bruyne


Itsme & Belgian Mobile ID


The agenda will be updated shortly. 

Europe in the Digital Age
09:00 - 09:30
Virtual Platform and Networking area opening
09:30 - 10:00
Welcome & Opening Remarks
10:00 - 11:00
Keynote Session with Q&A
11:00 - 12:15
Diversifying Ecosystems – Leadership Roundtable
12:15 - 12:45
The Case for a Global Internet – Interview Session
12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:45
Data Sovereignty: Data Innovation & Building Trusted European Data Spaces
14:45 - 15:00
Closing Remarks
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More information

Europe’s burgeoning drive for open strategic autonomy is ambitious and likely to be complex. Increased autonomy poses practical, technical, political, and diplomatic questions while at the same time, offering exciting possibilities for the future of tech and data in Europe.  

The delivery of a more independent European digital infrastructure, driven by Europe’s legitimate privacy and security priorities, and increasingly linked to questions around competition and dependency, will demand large investments from the public sector and strong cooperation between business and government. It will insist on a combination of greater autonomy on the one hand and greater collaboration on the other, to deliver competitive digital services that respect European values. 

It would, however, be too simplistic and economically damaging to cut the digital umbilical cords of which society has come to depend. Europeans rely on a data and digital eco-system that, while mostly non-European, has made a significant contribution to productivity in the EU. It is also clear that any Balkanisation of the internet would not be in the EU’s interests. Working towards mutual trust and the development of global norms that reinforce shared values is critical. 

The choices available to the EU are, broadly, to prioritise privacy-focused, secure technologies and services, using additional regulation and competition enforcement if required, regardless of where the services may be based or headquartered; or to work towards strategic autonomy through the development of services and infrastructures that are European built and delivered. A combination of the two may emerge.


Platinum Sponsor
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), a leader in the semiconductor industry, is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology that is the foundation of the world’s innovations. The company’s engineering expertise is helping address the world’s greatest challenges as well as helping secure, power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world – from the cloud to the network to the edge and everything in between.

With the acquisition of Mobileye in 2017, Intel is the leading supplier of software that enables Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), with more than 25 automaker partners including some of the world’s largest. Beyond ADAS, our technology has rapidly evolved to also support the three pillars of Autonomous Driving – Sensing, Mapping, and Driving Policy.
Platinum Sponsor
Arriva is the leading pan-European public transport operator. Last year we delivered nearly 2 billion passenger journeys across 14 European countries.

Our services include local buses (scheduled and demand-responsive); inter-urban commuter coaches; local, regional and national train services; trams and light rail, and waterbuses.

We are part of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies, and are responsible for DB's regional passenger transport services outside Germany.

We operate in the Czech Republic; Croatia; Denmark; Hungary; Italy; the Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia, Spain; Sweden; and the UK.
Gold Sponsor
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP® applications and services enable more than 365,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.
Platinum Sponsor
The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2,520,000 passenger vehicles and more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to € 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
Platinum Sponsor
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.
Media Partner
Encompass is an online magazine delivering comment, opinion and analysis on the affairs of the European Union and Europe’s place in the world. We aim to demystify the complexity of the EU and to be lively and provocative. Encompass is also a space with podcast interviews and, through Encompass Live, political and cultural events. As our name indicates we will strive to be open and accessible.

Register to Attend

Registration for this event is complimentary for all participants. 

Event Platform

This event will be taking place using Forum Europe’s virtual solution – Forum Vision. For more details, please visit


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Geraldine Evans using any of the details below.

Geraldine Evans
Event Executive
Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 070