The Digital Future of the European Union – Will There be Any?

Lecture | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for digital economy policies at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States

 Institute of European Studies

Over the last three years the European Union has embarked on an unprecedented number of initiatives to modernize the old continents' digital rulebook. Dubbed the "Digital Single Market Policy" it includes a massive package of legislative and non-legislative measures. The conversation will start with major legislation such as the GDPR, the new copyright rules or net neutrality, but also include perspectives on major new investment programs like on AI and Quantum/High-Performance Computing.

Following a short introduction by Peter Fatelnig (Minister Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the EU Delegation to the United States of America) the moderator will explore in a conversational style these topics further, raise new topics, discuss pros and cons, explore the relations to the United States and what Europe hopes to achieve by chartering its own course for our digital future. Questions from the audience will be encouraged. The aim is to give insight in the EU's digital priorities, the perspectives and approaches Europe takes, however also to listen reactions from the progressive academic environment in Berkeley.

Peter Fatelnig is Minister-Counsellor for digital economy policies at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, residing in Washington DC. Peter’s long experience in the digital tech sector, notably in building industrial innovation strategies, helped the EU to drive forward internet innovation policies. A senior manager at the European Commission since 1998 he is committed to a positive European vision of the future internet society and economy. Before coming to Washington he managed the team leading Europe's new Internet policy and investment initiative (flagship on 'Next Generation Internet').

The EU Delegation was first established in Washington, DC in 1954 and now represents the European Union across the United States. It has expanded to host staff of the European Parliament Liaison Office, EUROPOL, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Air Safety Agency.

 heike@berkeley.edu, 510-643-4558