Webinar: Join the GIGAEurope EU Presidency Event Series

Connectivity for a Gigabit Europe
The Portuguese Presidency view: How to achieve European Sovereignty
26 May 2021
This event is organised with the support of the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU.

While the Digital Compass sets important targets, there is a pressing question to answer as to how policy & regulation can best support reaching these targets and foster a balance between private investment and public funding.

The Commission said that there is a gap of €125 billion per year to meet the investment needs of the digital and green transition. Connectivity infrastructure alone amounts to €42 billion of this gap.

The event will feature a keynote speech by Hugo Santos Mendes, Deputy Minister for Communications, Portugal. The keynote will be followed by a discussion with Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Liberty Global and Co-Chairman of GIGAEurope.

A panel, moderated by Samuel Stolton, Freelance EU Correspondent, will discuss:

  • How can Europe close the investment gap in connectivity? And how can Europe attract the necessary private investment and create synergies with public funding?
  • Are the Digital Compass 2030 targets ambitious enough for Europe to become a digital leader? Which targets are most difficult to reach?
  • What do stakeholders see as priority targets of the Digital Compass, to reflect actual obstacles to an inclusive and competitive Digital Decade?

The following panel speakers have been confirmed:

  • Rita Wezenbeek, Director Connectivity, DG CONNECT, EC
  • Erzsebet Fitori, Group Head of EU Affairs and Relations at Vodafone Group

About GIGAEurope

GIGAEurope members provide reliable and secure gigabit-speed connections to customers across Europe. Our members provide connectivity services to over 40 million fixed broadband customers and 130 million mobile customers spanning across Europe. GIGAEurope is open to associate members from the connectivity and content sectors, in addition to industries and organisations from the wider digital economy.

Event Details

  • Date: 26 May 2021
  • Time: 15:00 to 16:00 CET
  • Format: Online Zoom event

Register HERE


May 26 2021


3.00pm, UK Time / 4.00pm CET
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 26 2021
  • Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am