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The digital road to growth and jobs

24-02-2012 10:25:00

Next week's European High Level Conference in Copenhagen will focus on the Digital Single Market as a driver for economic growth and jobs across Europe. Decision makers from all corners of the continent will meet to define the barriers to be overcome - and setting out the course to ensure that this happens.

On 27-28 February the stage is set at the Bella Center in Copenhagen for the conference "A Digital Single Market by 2015 – A driver for economic growth and jobs". The conference will be attended by more than 200 high level representatives from European business, public sector, academia and civil society.

The main focus of the conference is the Digital Single Market's potential as an engine for creating jobs and economic growth in Europe. At the informal Competitiveness Council on 2-3 February, this potential was made clear through three concrete and ambitious targets: (1) A doubling of European online sales by 2015; (2) A full transition to e-procurement in the EU by 2016; and (3) The establishment of e-invoicing as the dominant invoicing mode by 2020.

In a variety of sessions participant will discuss the various aspects of the Digital Single Market, including e-commerce, Internet security, Cloud Computing and web entrepreneurship. The objective of the conference is to identify obstacles that limit development in these areas and steps needed for these barriers to be removed.

Speakers include Ole Sohn, Danish Minister for Business and Growth; Esko Aho, former Finnish Prime Minister and current Vice President of Nokia; Ed Vaizey, British Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries;, Anthony Whelan, Head of Cabinet for European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes; as well as Pablo Arias Echeverría and Catherine Trautmann, Members of the European Parliament.

Live transmission from the European High Level Conference on the Digital Single Market

Around 250 representatives from all of Europe is expected to meet up for the conference. But all with an interest in the conference themes can follow the sessions online.

The conference programme is available at the conference's website where you will also find information on the possibilities for online participation during and after the conference.

Contact

Henrik Kjaer, Danish Business Authority
Tel.: +45 3546 6540/+45 2128 5995, e-mail: henkja@erst.dk