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The conference in Warsaw focused on the digital economy, a topic which is often at the heart of discussions on how Europe can emerge from the economic

In the framework of our 10th anniversary celebrations, Bruegel is organising a series of events in the capitals of our member states. These debates, talks and conferences will bring crucial European topics to audiences across the continent.

The conference in Warsaw focused on the digital economy, a topic which is often at the heart of discussions on how Europe can emerge from the economic crisis of recent years. Across two sessions top-level leaders and experts debated the macroeconomic features of the digital revolution and examined the policy response.

  • What are the likely trends in our growing use of ICT at work and home?
  • What might be the consequences for productivity, growth and inequality?
  • How should policymakers at national and European level react in order to maximise the benefits of these new technologies?

Event materials

  • Presentation by Maciej Bukowski -
  • Presentation by J. Scott Marcus -
  • Speech by Günther Oettinger
  • News article from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs


12.00-12.30: Registration and sandwich lunch


12.30-12.45: Opening remarks

  • Rafał Trzaskowski, secretary of state, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

12.45-13.15 Keynote Speech

  • Andrzej Halicki, minister of administration and digitalisation of Poland

13.15-14.30: Macroeconomic effects of the digital revolution

What are the effects of the large-scale application of ICT on productivity, GDP, employment and budget revenues? Some suggest that we have already reaped most of the productivity benefits of ICT, while others argue that we are only at the beginning of an economic revolution. In any case, societies and governments must decide how to deal with effects of these changes on the tax base and job markets.

Chair: Henry Foy, Financial Times


  • Maciej Bukowski, President of WISE Institute
  • Kamil Kiljanski, Chief Economist DG Internal Market and Industry, European Commision
  • Jan Krancke, Vice President Regulatory Strategies & Projects at Deutsche Telekom

14.30-14.45 Coffee break


14.45-16.30: What Strategy for a coherent Digital Single Market?

Data protection, copyright harmonisation, cross-border e-commerce and the 'Internet of Things' are areas where the European Commission plans to take decisive action. The panel will discuss the Commission strategy, its interaction with the projects of member states and the potential redistributive effects of EU policies.

Chair: Mario Mariniello, research fellow, Bruegel


  • Michał Boni, member of the European Parliament and former minister for digital affairs of Poland
  • Matt Brittin, president of EMEA business and operations, Google
  • Bruno Duthoit, CEO at Orange Polska
  • J. Scott Marcus, expert on internet economics

16.00 Closing Speech

  • Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society portfolio

16.20 Closing Remarks

  • Guntram Wolff, director, Bruegel

Practical details

  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Venue: Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand, Krucza 28, 00-522 Warsaw
  • Date: 15 June 2015
  • Time: 12.30-16.30
  • Contact: Alma Kurtovic

This event was jointly organised with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland