Earlier this week, on 21 October, the ALDE Party co-hosted a virtual Liberal Breakfast with Apple on the future of EU digital policy. The event focused on the key question of How can we make Europe’s tech sector number one? with a panel consisting of Hendrik Bourgeois, Apple’s Head of Government Affairs for Europe and Russia as well as Renew Europe MEPs Nicola Beer (FDP, Germany) and Andrus Ansip (Reform Party, Estonia). The event was moderated by EURACTIV journalist and digital editor Samuel Stolton.
Executed under the Chatham House Rules, the event began with each panellist sharing their opening remarks on how they think the European tech sector could develop in the coming years to make it more successful and competitive. The discussion then moved on to the current state of the Digital Services Act and its various components, such as the e-commerce directive and the Digital Single Market. Other topics under discussion included Artificial Intelligence, the importance of digital education and how to support European tech start-ups and SMEs in the digital transition.