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Europe 2020 Summit and European Digital Forum Launch

Date: 22 May 2014
Location: Brussels, Belgium, 9:00 - 13:30


22 May, 2014 - Résidence Palace, 155 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM


This year’s edition of the Europe 2020 Summit will convene just days after the launch of the European Commission consultation on the future of this vital growth and jobs programme, which is up for review in Spring 2015. Participants will discuss how this important European Union policy agenda can be renewed and revamped to fit the realities of the post-crisis world.

The Summit will also mark the Brussels launch of the European Digital Forum, a new think tank spearheaded by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, and Startup Europe Partnership, an innovative platform led by Mind The Bridge and Nesta. Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for the digital agenda, will keynote. The Lisbon Council will use the occasion to launch A Digital Roadmap for Growth and Jobs, a policy brief by Bart van Ark, chief economist of The Conference Board and one of the world’s leading experts on productivity and ICT-led growth.


  • José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission,

  • Neelie Kroes, vice-president responsible for the Digital Agenda at the European Commission

Additional Interventions:

  • Bart van Ark, executive vice-president, chief economist and chief strategy officer of The Conference Board, one of the world’s most renowned experts on productivity and growth

  • Sherry Coutu, angel investor and non-executive director at the London Stock Exchange Group, who was voted by Wired magazine as one of the top 25 "most influential people in the world"

  • Chris Haley, head of start-ups and new tech research at Nesta, the UK’s innovation charity

  • Alexander Ljung, founder and CEO of SoundCloud, winner of the Europioneers 2013, the European tech entrepreneur of the year prize (tbc)

  • Dirk Pilat, deputy director, science, technology and industry directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  • Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, founder and CEO, The Next Web; member, the Leaders Club, an independent group of founders in the field of tech entrepreneurship.

Registration and coffee from 09:00 onwards; networking lunch from 13:30 to 14:30 for all registered participants.

If you plan on attending the Europe 2020 Summit and launch of the European Digital Forum, please send an e-mail at your earliest convenience with the subject heading "Europe 2020" to rsvp@lisboncouncil.net. Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Only registered participants will have access to the venue.

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