The Eastern Partnership Digital Conference

24 October 2022

The Eastern Partnership Digital Conference will review the Eastern Partnership digital policy agenda and upcoming priorities. Key topics relating to digital transformation in the Eastern Partnership will be explored through discussions with representatives of the partner countries and the EU. The conference will also touch upon the latest developments and challenges for the Eastern Partnership and the role of digital to tackle those challenges and support the path towards resilient and sustainable government, economy and society. The conference will be held online; connection information will be sent to all registered participants.

Times indicated in CEST (Brussels time)


Announcements by the Chair

Diana Jabłońska, Head of Unit C1, Georgia, Moldova, Economic Investment Plan, DG NEAR


Opening remarks - Eastern Partnership: Current policy agenda and priorities

Lawrence Meredith, Director NEAR C, Neighbourhood East and Institution Building, DG NEAR


Putting the Economic and Investment Plan into motion

Gérald Audaz, Team Leader, Economic Development and Digital Transition, Unit C1, DG NEAR


PANEL: Eastern Partnership: digital transformation in times of crisis

Moderated by Diana Jabłońska, Head of Unit, NEAR C1, European Commission
Iurie Țurcanu, Deputy Prime Minister on Digitalisation of the Republic of Moldova
· Guram Guramishvili, Deputy Minister for Telecommunications and Information Technologies, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
· Valeriya Ionan, Deputy Minister for Eurointegration, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
· Bakhtiyar Mammadov, Deputy Head of Administration of the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan
· Harmick Azarian, Lead of Digital Government Transformation experts group at the Ministry of High Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia

Together for a resilient digital transformation.
· Economic and Investment Plan – State of play of the flagships.


Eastern Partnership: the pillars of successful digital transformation

Digital infrastructure: from strategy to investment opportunities
Himmat Singh Sandhu, Digital Development Specialist, World Bank

Digital governance: administrative service design and delivery
Nick Thijs, Senior Policy Adviser, OECD/SIGMA Initiative

Digital economy and start-ups: facing the digital economy in Eastern partner countries
Jesús Lozano, EU Senior Expert in Digital Economy, Member of the European Innovation Council, Entrepreneur, Business Angel and Author

Digital Skills in focus: progress in the Eastern Partnership with an eye on the EU as a benchmark
Fabio Nascimbeni, Human Capital Development Expert, European Training Foundation

Tanel Tang, Team Leader, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission




Closing and conclusions

DG NEAR, European Commission