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Session 1: The New Transatlantic Agenda  21 April 2021

Overview

In its new “Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy”, the EU rightly refers to the transatlantic relationship as “the biggest and most economically significant partnership in the world”, with Presidents Biden and von der Leyen committing in March 2021 to “repair and revitalise the U.S.-EU partnership.” However, challenges such as tariff disputes, digital tax, and WTO reform still loom large, meaning Brussels and Washington must work together on redefining the transatlantic trade relationship, rather than a return to “business as usual.”  

Europe has proposed the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) as the key forum if the ambition of a transatlantic technology alliance is to be met. DIGITALEUROPE is bringing together decision-makers and stakeholders to discuss the prospects for establishing the TTC, and how it could ensure that the EU and US lead the global challenge of post-Covid recovery as “tech allies.” 

Agenda

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

15:00 – 15:05

Platform Introduction

15:05 – 15:10

Session Introduction

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

15:10 – 15:15

Keynote Speech

Alexandra Whittaker, Chief Trade Counsel at the House Ways and Means Committee

Alexandra Whittaker
Chief Trade Counsel at the House Ways and Means Committee

15:15 – 15:25

In Conversation

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Alexandra Whittaker, Chief Trade Counsel at the House Ways and Means Committee

Alexandra Whittaker
Chief Trade Counsel at the House Ways and Means Committee

15:25 – 16:15

Discussion and Q&A

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Moderator: Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Alexandra Whittaker, Chief Trade Counsel at the House Ways and Means Committee

Alexandra Whittaker
Chief Trade Counsel at the House Ways and Means Committee

Bernd Lange, Member of European Parliament, Chair of INTA Committee

Bernd Lange
Member of European Parliament, Chair of INTA Committee

Pastora Valero, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, EMEAR, CISCO, and Executive Board Member, DIGITALEUROPE

Pastora Valero
Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, EMEAR, CISCO and Executive Board Member, DIGITALEUROPE

John Neuffer, President & CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association

John Neuffer
President & CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association

Wolfgang Weber, CEO, ZVEI

Wolfgang Weber
CEO, ZVEI

16:15 – 16:45

Networking

Jennifer Yokoyama
Deputy General Counsel, IP Group & Chief IP Counsel, Microsoft​

Jeni Tennison
Vice President and Chief Strategy Adviser, Open Data Institute​

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Thank you everyone for a very interesting discussion, will be looking forward to other roundtable talks soon! THANKS.

Andreas Aktoudianakis, Policy Analyst, EPC

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I liked the divergent speaker positions which provided a good overview of the challenges and possible solutions.

Alexander Kühn, Deputy Head of Section International Spectrum Affairs, BNetzA

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Thanks for the invitation and for this very well organised tech policy talk!

Claire-Marie Healy, Project Manager, CERRE Think Tank

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For more information on any aspect on the DIGITALEUROPE series, please contact Kivanç Akil using the details below:

Kivanç Akil 

Senior Events Manager & Executive Coordination  | DIGITALEUROPE

  

Tel: +32 473 36 17 54 073