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EU CeBIT Conference

24 November/ 2015

Conference by European Commission (DG CNECT) and Deutsche Messe on progress toward the creation of a Digital Single Market.

The EU CeBIT Conference will be held annually, starting with CeBIT 2016. Each year, it will present progress made to date on the development of a Digital Single Module Market in Europe and benchmark this progress against international technological and societal developments. The High-Level Conference will be held as part of the CeBIT Global Conferences on the opening day of each year’s CeBIT.

Driving the Digital Economy in Europe

The primary focus will be on infrastructure upgrades and expansion, standardization, security and startups. The conference is being jointly staged by the European Commission and Deutsche Messe, and admission will be free of charge to CeBIT ticketholders. 

"Over the coming years we will use CeBIT to gauge progress on the Europeanisation of digital policy and to identify the areas in which Europe needs to step up its efforts to catch up with its global competitors," Commissioner Oettinger said. His conference plans build on the EU involvement at CeBIT that was initiated by his predecessor in office, Neelie Kroes.

Implementing its Digital Single Market strategy is one of the boldest and most important of the European Commission’s policy priorities. The aim of the strategy is to remove regulatory barriers and move from 28 fragmented national markets to a single market. Among much else, the strategy envisages pan-continental telecommunications networks, digital services that cross borders, and a wave of innovative European startups. A fully functional Digital Single Market has the potential to contribute an additional €415 billion per year to the European economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Deutsche Messe Managing Board member Oliver Frese sees the European Commission’s continued involvement as testimony to CeBIT’s position as the leading global showcase for the digital economy and as a key international interface between industry and policymakers. "CeBIT has long since moved on from its traditional image as a computer and IT exhibition and now boasts a new title as the global showcase for digitization. We are therefore very proud to be able to play an active role in the implementation of the European Union’s Digital Single Market strategy. The new High-Level Conference is a major coup for CeBIT," he said.

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