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European Commission, IDC & Tech4i2

Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CEST)


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Several pledges were presented during the launch of the Grand Coalition on March 2013 and at the Digital Agenda Assembly in Dublin on 19-20 June 2013. 

This Workshop will allow discussions with pledging stakeholders on barriers and success factors, on the main possible impacts of their initiatives, on the use of networks and on further actions needed to maximise the impact of the Grand Coalition. 

The Workshop will be interactive and revolve around discussions of concrete ideas and challenges. It will be attended by the stakeholders managing the pledge initiatives, by representatives of the European Commission and by analysts and experts from industry on ICT skills and jobs.  Insights obtained from the experts and from the stakeholders will be included in a Workshop Report which will be distributed to the participants.

Chair: Lucilla Sioli, Head of Unit F4, DG CONNECT


9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Welcome coffee


9:30 Opening of the workshop

Lucilla Sioli, Head of Unit F4, DG CONNECT


9:45 Tracking pledges and identifying impacts

Gabriella Cattaneo, IDC

European Government Consulting IDC and Tech4i2 are currently carrying out a study on the Digital Agenda and Engagement for growth and jobs for DG CONNECT. Its purpose is to mobilise efforts and stimulate engagement among relevant stakeholders in order to launch a policy debate, identify and select initiatives that generate employment and growth, particularly through the use of ICT. As part of the study, IDC is assessing the possible impacts of the pledges addressed to reduce the ICT skills gap, based on their declarations, and will present its results.


10:05 Q&A

10.20 Presentation of the online "Pledge Tracker" (followed by Q&A)



10:30 A conversation with European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe

11:30 Interactive session: Group work on pledges: views on progress made, needs for collaboration/ support and main barriers

Coordinated by IDC/Tech4i2


12:20 Plenary session: Summary of groups' discussions by rapporteurs


12:30 Networking Sandwich Lunch


13:30 Funding and support instruments for the Grand Coalition

Session coordinated by European Commission's representatives:

• A thematic network in support of the Grand Coalition

• Call for Proposals on Mobility Schemes

• National Coalitions Each of the presentation will be followed by Q&A.


14:45 Interactive session: Group work to match pledges with potential synergies - Focus on available instruments to overcome barriers

Coordinated by IDC/Tech4i2


15.35 Plenary session: summary of groups’ discussions by rapporteurs


15.50 Wrap-up and next steps

Lucilla Sioli, Head of Unit F4, DG CONNECT


16:00 Workshop closes


16:00 – 16:30 Networking coffee

Venue address: 

CHARLEMAGNE Building, Jenkins Room
170 Rue de la Loi, 1000 Brussels, Schuman station


Have questions about GRAND COALITION PLEDGERS' WORKSHOP? Contact European Commission, IDC & Tech4i2
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CHARLEMAGNE Building, Jenkins Room

1000 Brussels

Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CEST)

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