European Digital Economy and COVID-19 pandemic – current state of affairs, risks, and opportunities – PL 03 2020

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11 June 2020 | 10:00-11:00 | Studio The Hague
Consolidated programme 2020 overview / Day 1

(This session was be adapted to the current challenges of the Corona virus)
Proposals: #8, #31, #41, #59, #76, #108, #136, #156, #158, #167, #173, #177, #179 (#64, #139, #149)

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Session teaser

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique state of affairs for European digital economy enforcement. On one hand, it has had a catalyzing effect on the digitization of most European economies, on the other hand, it caused restrictions on various digital as well as human rights. Hence, this session will focus on the new reality in the European Digital Economy: What effects have the COVID-19 measures had on the European economy and society? How do we want our post-pandemic digital European economy to be shaped?

Session description

Kicking off this year’s EuroDIG (2020) the plenary on “European Digital Economy and COVID-19 pandemic: current state of affairs, risks, and opportunities” is about to provide an overview on the current social and economic situation considering the COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting not just the global economy but also the society as a whole. In this regard one should not just talk about the influence the pandemic has currently but also which opportunities and risks result out of it. Now is the time to reflect on the current state of affairs to think about how we do want the post-pandemic European (digital) economy to be shaped.

Without any doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has a catalyzing effect on the digitization of businesses as well as government related services and internet usage by consumers. As a result the corporate landscape has changed already - new businesses have been founded, some small players have grown their influence some went down-and-out. Diverse domains such as telecoms, digital media, healthcare, e-commerce, banking and contactless payments are experiencing dramatic changes.

How is this pandemic influencing competition among various businesses? How will small and medium businesses overcome this period? Has it created an environment for a large-scale use of open source products? Has quick and unplanned move to online business increased security risks? What consequences will result out of the pandemic and influence the employment market as well as the future of work?

Due to social distancing people have become creative in meeting online, not just to maintain social habits, but also to ensure children have access to education, in addition to continuing substantial parts of their professional activity through teleworking.Having the advantages of such adaptations in mind mostly, an adequate level of digital rights, security and protection should be ensured. How can we best ensure that public health is preserved and digital rights are safeguarded?

In addition to economic benefits, digitisation should also benefit society through inclusion in multiple perspectives. Has this philosophy been retained in the latest developments? Are these developments here to stay even after the pandemic?

Taking this to heart high level speakers are going to share their perspective on the state of affairs as well as their outlook to be discussed with the audience.


Panel style opening remarks followed by open mic

Further reading

Links to relevant websites, declarations, books, documents. Please note we cannot offer web space, so only links to external resources are possible. Example for an external link: Website of EuroDIG

COVID-19 crisis. Shaping Europe's Digital Future: Communication from The Commission to The European Parliament, The Council, The European Economic and Social Committee and The Committee of The Regions [1]

Broadband Commission Agenda for Action​​​. For Faster and Better Recovery [2]

Tackling global coronavirus(COVID-19). Contributing to a global effort. OECD [3]

Meeting the Challenge of the Coronavirus State of Play as Seen from the WTO [4]


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Focal Points

  • Meri Baghdasaryan
  • Marcel Krummenauer

Organising Team (Org Team) List them here as they sign up.

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  • Vittorio Bertola
  • Marie-Noemie Marques
  • Lucien Castex
  • Sofia Badari
  • Aleksandra Ivankovic
  • Roberto Gaetano
  • Liljana Pecova Ilieska
  • Alexander Isavnin
  • André Melancia
  • Eva Stöwe
  • Ross Creelman
  • Narine Khachatryan
  • Arvin Kamberi
  • Charlotte Altenhoener-Dion
  • Sebastiaan Berting
  • Nicola Frank

Key Participants

  • Audrey Plonk, Head of division of Digital economy policy at OECD
  • Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department at Council of Europe
  • Stefano Casaleggi, Director General at “AREA Science Park” (Startup Accelerator)


  • Meri Baghdasaryan, YCIG
  • Marcel Krummenauer

Remote Moderator

Trained remote moderators will be assigned on the spot by the EuroDIG secretariat to each session.


Reporters will be assigned by the EuroDIG secretariat in cooperation with the Geneva Internet Platform. The Reporter takes notes during the session and formulates 3 (max. 5) bullet points at the end of each session that:

  • are summarised on a slide and presented to the audience at the end of each session
  • relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  • are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
  • are in (rough) consensus with the audience

Current discussion, conference calls, schedules and minutes

PL3 Org Team Coordination Calls:

CALL 1: 10 April @ 1600 CEST. Initial session planning.

CALL 2: 27 April @ 1900 CEST. Second Planning call.

CALL 3: 7 May @ 1800 CEST. Third Planning call.


A short summary of the session will be provided by the Reporter.

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