10.30-11.00 Registration and welcome coffee 11.00–11.45 Opening remarksGundars Strautmanis, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and Vice-President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lolita Čigāne, Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, Parliament of the Republic of Latvia (speech LV)Signe Bāliņa, President of the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA) (speech LV)Inna Šteinbuka, Head of European Commission representation office in Latvia (speech LV)
11.45–13.00 Session 1: Building the digital economy and innovation Our society is becoming increasingly digital, and the digital economy and innovation are engines which can stimulate growth and employment. This session will give an overview of the first results of the Latvian Presidency in the digital area, as well as assess the state of play of the implementation of the Digital Agenda Flagship Initiative.Debate with:Arnis Daugulis, Deputy State Secretary for ICT, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia (presentation ENG)Andre Richier, Principal Administrator, DG Growth, European Commission (presentation ENG)Gunta Anča, EESC member (presentation ENG)Edmunds Beļskis, Director of Communications Department, Ministry of Transport (presentation ENG)Toms Meisītis, SIA Lattelecom, Director of Legal and Corporate Support Division (presentation ENG) Moderator: Anna Nietyksza, EESC Member
13.00–14.30 Networking lunch 14.30–15.45 Session 2: Tackling the challenges of digital society E-skills are fundamentally important to Europe’s medium to long-term economic future. Europe must unlock the potential of digital technologies to fuel growth and jobs. This session will examine future actions to focus on in relation to the Digital Agenda Flagship Initiative with particular regard to driving development of e-skills and the e-society.Debate with:Isabel Cano Auguilar, EESC memberPēteris Zilgalvis, Going Local Ambassador for Latvia, Head of Unit, Health and Well Being, DG Connect, European Commission (presentation ENG, presentation LV) Jānis Kārkliņš, Director of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (COE)Konstantin Scheller, DG-Education and culture, European CommissionAndrejs Vasiļjevs, Chairman of the Board of Tilde (presentation ENG)Moderator: Mārtiņš Gataviņš, Board Member, Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA)15.45–16.00 Closing remarksLaure Batut, EESC Member and President of the Permanent Study Group on the Digital Agenda
Interpretation provided from and into English, French and Latvian.