How can SMEs thrive post-pandemic in a digitalised world? – online event

On November 30, 2021, the Secretariat attended the event “How can SMEs thrive post-pandemic in a digitalised world?” organized by Euractiv.

The event mainly focused on the Digital Services Act (DSA) as one of the most important updates in more than twenty years concerning Europe’s digital rules. This new regulation will be key to enabling SMEs to thrive in the post-pandemic world, characterized by an acceleration of digitalization and a big shift in consumers behaviour into a more digital approach. Speakers also debated around the importance of clear and easy-to-implement regulation and the need of boosting digital skills in Europe. Digital tools for SMEs are key to boosting Europe's recovery after the pandemic.

Speakers of the event, moderated by Mr Ross Melzer, EU Affairs Director – EURACTIV, included: Ms Birgit Weidel, Head of Unit, SMEs, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission, MEP Ms Arba Kokalari MEP, Member IMCO Committee, European Parliament, Mr Jan Havlik, Head of Unit for Internal Market and Competitiveness, Czech Permanent Representation to the EU, Mr Ivan Štefanec MEP, President, SME Europe, and Ms Karen Massin, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, European Institutions, Google Europe.

The event was supported by Google. More information and the recording of the event are available here.