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Building Europe's Digital Economy

4 March 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia

Chair: Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Minister for Intellectual Property



As the global digital economy continues to develop at a rapid pace, Europe lags behind the US and Asia in digital innovation. Legislation is struggling to catch up with technological change and European governments face the challenge of breaking down barriers to the development of a robust digital market in order to remain competitive.

The president of Estonia will draw on his country's experience of implementing wide-scale digital transformation of the public and private sector and share his perspectives on a future digital single market across the EU. He will argue that European states must look beyond national borders to make the most of the economic benefits of a strong digital economy.