The Eastern Partnership Digital Conference

24 October

EU4Digital Phase II Kick-off and Steering Committee

25 October


The EU4Digital Initiative is organising two events on 24 and 25 October dedicated to the topic of digital transformation in the Eastern Partnership. All information about these events can be found on this website. To find out more about the EU4Digital Initiative, visit the EU4Digital website.

Conference Programme

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

Meet our speakers