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Digital single market conference on the free movement of data


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Digital Single Market Conference

The priorities of the Estonian Presidency are actively focused on creating a digital single market within the EU. The digital single market cannot be built without a special emphasis on the free movement of data among member states. The free movement of data provides a visionary framework for accessing, sharing and (re)using data not only between public authorities and private companies but across all member states’ borders.

Thus, with the conference, Estonia takes on the complex challenge of steering and providing a platform for this highly important discussion that will shape the future of the EU.

The free movement of data should be the fifth freedom next to the already established freedoms of European citizens. Data is a powerful enabler of the freedoms of the single market we know today. Apart from lifting barriers, the EU has not yet maximised the growth potential of the data economy.

Estonia’s aim is to establish a single market where digital solutions provide the best possible enablers for creating a favourable environment for entrepreneurship and for the deployment of new technologies in the EU.

Videos and photos

Videos will be available on our videos page and YouTube channel. Photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.

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Welcoming plenary

Welcoming and setting the scene

  • Moderator: Gareth Mitchell, BBC
  • Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia
  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

Keynote speech


Expert panel

Policy for data in the EU - bottlenecks and expectations

  • Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Assistant Professor, Imperial College London
  • Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Corinna Schulze, Director, EU Government Relations, Global Corporate Affairs, SAP
  • Claire Bury, Deputy-Director General, DG CNECT, European Commission 


Public sector session

Towards predictive government

  • André Bryde Alnor, Market Developer, Energinet, slides of the presentation (PDF, 2,01 MB)
  • Professor Paul Longley, University College London, ESRC, Consumer Data Research Centre
  • Kristjan Vassil, Vice Dean for Research, University of Tartu, (in cooperation with the Tax and Customs Board of Estonia)

Afternoon keynote speech


Private sector session

Framework for data in the EU

  • Antoine Aubert, Director Public Policy, EU Strategy, Uber
  • Katryna Dow, CEO, Meeco
  • Claudio Richardson, Managing Director, Kühne+Nagel AS 
  • Erki Kert, Co-Founder/CEO, BigDataScoring, slides of the presentation (PDF, 7,62 MB)


High-level panel

Ways forward for the EU

  • Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia
  • Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany
  • Boris Koprivnikar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Administration of Slovenia
  • Michal Boni, Member of the European Parliament


Closing session

  • Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia

Closing remarks by the Moderator



Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia




Emilie Toomela

Emilie Toomela

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications / Spokesperson


Inga Bowden

Inga Bowden

Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU / Head of Communication

+32 22273910 permrep.eu@mfa.ee

Last update 28/12/2017 11:52