From 5 to 8 November Lisbon hosted the Web Summit, the largest tech conference in the world. Many ALDE leading personalities joined the Web Summit and addressed the participants, such as European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas or Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel.
The agenda of Commissioner Margrethe Vestager was busy during the Web Summit. She gave an on-stage interview on fair play and tech, promoted the EU Women Innovators Prize and offered a speech on how the EU protects competition.
In her speech titled "Clearing the path for innovation", Vestager made the case for European competition law and emphasised the importance of companies' responsibility: "It matters when people see that businesses treat them fairly. It matters because we need the spirit of this event – the spirit of why not – to help us answer the challenges our societies face. And that spirit can't achieve its potential unless our markets, and our society, have room for innovation. Competition enforcement can help. But the biggest responsibility is yours. Companies have to take fairness and trust just as seriously as they do innovation. So we can make the most of what technology can do for us."
You can watch one of Margrethe Vestager's interventions below:
Coming from a pioneering country in tech and e-services, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas spoke on behalf of the current Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Ratas addressed the participants in a speech about how the digital solutions of e-Estonia make their citizens' lives a great deal easier and more efficient. He concluded with an open invitation: "Come build and try your new ideas and tech in Estonia or with Estonia. We are happy to offer a nation-scale testbed for your ideas."
Honoured to have spoken at #WebSummit on building trust and e-services to support innovation & growth. Digital solutions make our daily life a great deal easier and more efficient. For citizens, for companies and for state. pic.twitter.com/qWjh2YuE2m— Jüri Ratas (@ratasjuri) November 8, 2017
Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel took part in a conference analysing the impact of the legal framework on innovation, where he detailed the specificities of Luxembourg and how they facilitate innovation. "What we need is regulation that obliges everyone to pay taxes," he defended. You can watch and read a Euronews interview with the Prime Minister at the WebSummit here.
The two Liberal Prime Ministers also found the time for an improvised bilateral meeting ahead of the Web Summit.
Read more about the tech event in Lisbon here.