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Oyon Cristina

Oyon Cristina

Director of Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability of the Spri-Emprendimiento,SPRI, Basque Country, member of the Industrial Forum on behalf of Vanguard Initiative, Basque Country, member of the Industrial Forum on behalf of Vanguard Initiative

Regions in industrial transition: making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems

Regions in industrial transition: making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems

Organiser: Vanguard Initiative Discuss the opportunities for digital solutions for industrial SMEs with us during this workshop and online. Regions all over Europe are key drivers in the twin transitions of greening and digitalisation to shape the future strong European industrial value Chains. We discuss the opportunities of the European Digital Strategy and the Industrial Strategy with the EC. We learn from regional examples connected in the Vanguard Initiative and Eurada.

26 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15
Activity 3 : Climate neutrality

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Očko Petr

Očko Petr

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

What kind of a digital future we want

What kind of a digital future we want

As we stand at the start of a new decade, and look ahead to that digital future, the one thing we can say for sure is that none of us knows exactly how technology is about to change our lives. That’s partly because the digital world is so innovative – and innovation is uncertain by its very nature. However, as shown by recent Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Acts, the digital future will be powerfully shaped by our own choices and actions. That includes issues such as use of data while respecting democratic access to business opportunities, research and development for digital technologies driven by a human-centric approach and social innovation.

25 Feb 2021 | 14:05 - 15:35
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Očko Petr

Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

O’Riain Donal

O’Riain Donal

CEO, Ecocem

Ready for the 21st century: Driving industrial innovation towards European Green Deal goals

Ready for the 21st century: Driving industrial innovation towards European Green Deal goals

Organiser: Climate Action Network Europe Achieving climate neutrality will need several transformational actions, from fuel switches to product and process ecodesign and new business models based on product leasing and the sharing economy. We will explore some solutions to show how they can contribute to European Green Deal objectives.

25 Feb 2021 | 10:45 - 12:15
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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O’Riain Donal

Donal O’Riain BE, BA, MBA is an Irish entrepreneur based in France since 1988. He is founder and Managing Director of Ecocem Materials Ltd - manufacturing technically-superior, low-carbon cement in Europe since 2002.  

Paindaveine Yves

Paindaveine Yves

Digital Europe programme & Digital Innovation Hubs

Digital Europe programme & Digital Innovation Hubs

"Since the Digitalising European Industry initiative in 2016, the Commission has been supporting the creation of many Digital Innovation Hubs. In 2021, the Commission, hand in hand with Member States, is further gearing up to support the digitalisation of Europe’s economy. Digital Innovation Hubs play a central and active role to ensure resilience in our industrial and economic landscapes. The heart of the session is devoted to what they offer and how the Digital Europe Programme will support them. We will explain the crucial role of European Digital Innovation Hubs for Europe’s economic recovery and resilience. The session will also introduce the Digital Europe Programme, including some of its specific elements such as Industrial Data Spaces. The goal is to exchange ideas and best practices, and learn how to become an active part of these initiatives of Europe’s digital industrial policy."

25 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Panagiotis (Pete) Chatzimichail

Panagiotis (Pete) Chatzimichail

Board Member at European Youth Forum

We are the Next Generation EU

We are the Next Generation EU

Young Europeans are keen to take control of their lives and engage with and support others. Yet in the current context many face uncertainties about their future, as a result of technological change, demographic trends, discrimination, social exclusion, fake news and populism with yet unknown effects on jobs, skills or the way our democracies work. With the current COVID contest, more than ever, they need to be resilient and able to adapt to these challenges. In today's interconnected world, many young people are concerned about global issues such as climate change or peace and security. Still many are able to turn these challenges into opportunities, for them and for others. They represent new, fresh thinking, and new way to do things: create business, bring added value to the society and to the planet.

23 Feb 2021 | 15:05 - 16:35

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Panagiotis (Pete) Chatzimichail

Panagiotis, also known as Pete, comes from Cyprus and is a graduate of Political Sciences (UCY). Starting in 2010, his volunteering engagement offered some career boosting opportunities, leading to his employment first at the University of Cyprus, then YEU International and last at YFU Global Office. In his capacity as policy expert or educator, he has worked on a variety of processes, mainly focusing his inputs on the importance of inclusion and diversity. Building on his expertise, he continues to engage with several organisations like the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP). Pete has recently started his mandate as Board Member of the YFJ and he is also a member of the LLLP Pool of Experts.
Paquet Jean-Eric

Paquet Jean-Eric

Director General of DG RTD, European Commission

Introductory speech

Introductory speech

26 Feb 2021 | 14:10 - 14:25

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Paquet Jean-Eric

Jean-Eric Paquet became Director-General of DG Research and Innovation on 1st April 2018; however, his involvement in EU research policy dates back from 2002, as Deputy Head of Cabinet of Philippe Busquin, then Commissioner in charge of Research and Development.

Jean-Eric’s career at the European Commission started in 1993. Since then he contributed in shaping EU policy in various fields and achieved major breakthroughs, notably in DG Transport, where he led the development of the Trans-European Transport Network Policy and was responsible for Europe’s transport infrastructure policy and investment strategies, the single European rail area, inland waterways and port policy.

He also gained considerable experience at international level: in DG Enlargement, his portfolio covered Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and FYROM. He was also EU Ambassador in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 2004 to 2007.

In 2015, he was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission, in charge of Better Regulation and Policy Coordination.

In all his endeavours, he puts co-creation and systemic change at the heart of the decision-making process, and strongly believes that citizens should be more involved in shaping public policy agendas.

Parenti Mathieu

Parenti Mathieu

ECARES, Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Centre for Economic Policy Research

To tax or not to tax – how to ensure a fair distribution of digital profits? interactive debate

To tax or not to tax – how to ensure a fair distribution of digital profits? interactive debate

25 Feb 2021 | 10:20 - 10:40
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Parenti Mathieu

Mathieu Parenti is a Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles, a research fellow at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) and a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has received his PhD from the Paris School of Economics in 2012. He has been an Associate Editor at The Economic Journal since 2017. His recent research focuses on trade agreements and tax optimization strategies by multinational firms.
Paula Pinho

Paula Pinho

Hoead of Unit Renewables and Energy System Integration Policy

Low carbon, affordable energy for industrial transformation

Low carbon, affordable energy for industrial transformation

" Following our increased climate ambition and the need for post-Covid recovery with a strong emphasis on future proof investments, it is clear that the historic growth rate of EU’s renewable energy industry of 6% is insufficient to meet our targets. The renewable energy market will have to grow 15-20% annually to achieve the 2030 renewable energy targets, with other clean energy technologies, value chains and infrastructure needing to scale up equally quickly. Clean energy value chains have a strategic dimension for the sustainable recovery of the EU’s economy, its resilience and its strategic autonomy. Structured engagement between the industry and policy-makers and industrial alliances are necessary to tackle issues such as the identification of critical supply chain segments, the needs for critical raw materials and end-of-life management. This session will discuss the critical issues that such dialogues should address, and the policy gaps – current or future – as regards domestic and global expansion of the EU clean energy sector. It will also present the new mandate of the Clean Energy Industrial Forum."

24 Feb 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Paula Pinho

Paula Pinho is Head of Unit at the Directorate-General Energy in the European Commission. She is responsible for Renewables and Energy System Integration Policy.
She has been previously Member of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger both in his quality of Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and during his mandate as EU Commissioner for Energy. She was then responsible for energy security and infrastructure and the overall coordination of the international dimension of energy policy.
As a member of the Cabinet, she has been involved in the trilateral gas talks between the EU, Russia and Ukraine. She has also been involved in the negotiations of the Southern Corridor and the EU negotiations with Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan regarding the Trans-Caspian pipeline.
While being Head of Unit responsible for Energy Strategy and Policy Coordination, Paula has coordinated the preparation and adoption of the "Clean Energy for all Europeans" package, adopted by the European Commission on 30 November 2016. Paula represented the Commission in the negotiations of the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, which entered into force in Dec. 2018 and she was responsible notably for the overall coordination of the assessment of the national Energy and Climate Plans.
She was Acting Director for Energy Policy where she has overseen notably the work of international energy relations, financial instruments and inter-institutional relations.
Recently, she took over new functions in the Directorate of Green Transition and Energy System Integration and she is managing the unit responsible for Renewables and Energy System Integration Policy and the unit of Decarbonisation and Sustainability of Energy Sources.
Paula speaks fluently Portuguese, German, English and French, as well as Spanish and Italian.

Pavia Diego

Pavia Diego

CEO of EIT InnoEnergy

Joining forces – how industrial alliances help to achieve EU policy objectives?

Joining forces – how industrial alliances help to achieve EU policy objectives?

Industrial alliances help achieving key EU policy objectives related to green and digital transition in a given ecosystem or value chain. They bring together a wide range of partners including public and private actors and civil society. Alliances have already delivered benefit in the area of batteries and circular plastics. Building on this success, the Commission launched in 2020 the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance and the European Raw Materials Alliance. How they help to achieve EU policy objectives and at the same time create opportunities for participating companies? Tune in to this session to learn the answers.

24 Feb 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Peduzzi Rodrigo

Peduzzi Rodrigo

Case Handler, DG COMP, European Commission

IPCEIs policy update

IPCEIs policy update

"In January 2021, the European Commission approved a second Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) in the battery value chain. This highlights once again the importance of pan-European cooperation and public financing to tackle the massive innovation challenges that come with the green and digital transition. This session will explain IPCEIs as a State aid instrument. It will show that IPCEIs make it possible to bring together knowledge, expertise, financial resources and economic actors throughout the Union to overcome important market or systemic failures and societal challenges."

25 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45

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Peduzzi Rodrigo

Rodrigo Peduzzi is a European Commission official, currently a case handler in DG Competition dealing with State aid for research, development and innovation, for important projects of common European interest (IPCEI) and for environmental protection. He joined the Commission in 2010.