Topic Background: A look at the digital skills gap and what can be done to close this, as well as how AI is affecting the labor force and what governments can do to help citizens improve their capabilities through AI.
In collaboration with EurActiv, Microsoft EU launched in 2017 an innovative new event and video series called The Presidency Debates, looking at the priorities of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The first event series was built around the priorities of the Estonian Presidency, and took a closer look at three files that were being discussed at the EU level: the Commission’s most recent DSM proposal - the Regulation for a proposal on the Free Flow of Non-Personal Data in the EU, the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package, a package of measures to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing the global energy markets, and the upcoming EU legislative proposal on law enforcement access to digital evidence.
Moderated by EURACTIV’s journalist Brian Maguire and framed in a dynamic format that allows all interested stakeholders to participate in the debate, the panel conversations included representatives from the Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU - Digital Affairs, Energy and Criminal Policy departments, the European Commission - DG CONNECT, DG ENER and DG HOME, from the European Parliament, industry and academia, offering a wide perspective and sometimes even conflicting views on the topics and allowing for an open dialogue on some of the challenges that these legislative proposals are looking to address. The events gathered key stakeholders from EU Institutions, EU Member States Permanent Representations to the EU, as well as representatives from the private sector, think tanks, and the academic communities, drawing close to 250 guests in total.
Following the success of the first events, Microsoft EU and EurActiv are starting a new series of debates, looking this time at the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of EU.