THINKING THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN INDUSTRY. Digitalization, Industry 4.0 and the role of EU and national policies

Conference, Wednesday 6th September

mercoledì 06 Settembre 2017 ore 18:00 - 20:00

European Parliament, Room ASP 3G3, Rue Wiertz, 60

Mercoledì 6 settembre, I-Com ha organizzato il convegno “THINKING THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN INDUSTRY. Digitalization, Industry 4.0 and the role of EU and national policies”. L’evento si è tenuto dalle 18:00 alle 20:00 all’interno del Parlamento Europeo (stanza ASP 3G3) e sono intervenuti la deputata al Parlamento europeo Patrizia TOIA, in qualità di Vice presidente del Commissione ITRE, e il deputato al Parlamento europeo Andreas SCHWAB, in qualità di membro della Commissione IMCO.

In questa occasione, I-Com ha presentato un nuovo studio che indaga le seguenti tematiche: connettività ed industria; punti di forza e livello di preparazione rispetto alle trasformazioni dettate da Industria 4.0 e politiche attuate rispetto alle suddette tematiche.

L’evento ha messo in luce le trasformazioni digitali che stanno progressivamente mutando la competitività all’interno delle imprese, modificandone i processi interni e introducendo nuovi ed innovativi modelli di business.

Lo studio è stato presentato e discusso dagli stakeholder invitati all’evento, come rappresentanti delle industrie e membri della Commissione e del Parlamento Europeo.

I-Com Presentation
Firpo Presentation
Paper I-Com
Comunicato stampa
Press release

Speakers confirmed:

Irena bednarich

Director Corporate Affairs Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa HPE


Bednarich is Director of Corporate Affairs of Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa of HPE. She’s also Chair of the Digital Economy Policy Group (DEPG) of DIGITALEUROPE. She supervises as well the Copyright Group of DIGITALEUROPE.

President, I-Com


Stefano is the president and principal policy analyst at I-Com, the Institute for Competitiveness, a think tank based in Rome and Brussels which he founded in 2005. He currently teaches political economy and economic policy at the Roma Tre University, in Rome. Stefano is a graduate of the Coripe Consortium for Research and Continuing Education in Economics (Piemonte, Italy), where he received a Masters Degree in Economics and the George Mason University (Virginia, USA) where he obtained his MA (Economics).


Stefano has served in key advisory or expert positions on a number of taskforces or scientific boards, including:

  • Director at the Observatory on Energy Policy of the Einaudi Foundation;
  • Expert Member of the Technical Secretariat for the Protection of Nature in the Italian Ministry of the Environment;
  • Expert Member of the Eurelectric Task Force on Investment;
  • Scientific Director of the La Scossa Association;
  • Board member of the European Foundation EYPROM;
  • Vice President of the Health City Institute.

He has authored numerous publications on economic themes, particularly with regard to policy and regulation of the energy market and infrastructural services and the governance of the institutions, and his opinions and analysis has featured in major Italian newspapers including Il Foglio, il Sole24 Ore, Huffington Post Italia and more. Stefano has also undertaken study and consultancy assignments for Italian and international public institutions, including the Senate of the Republic, the Department for EU policies, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the OECD, leading Italian and foreign companies and non-profit organizations.


Stefano FIRPO
Director-General for Industrial policy, Competitiveness and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry of Economic Development


Since April 2015 Stefano Firpo is the Director General for “Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and SMEs” at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, where he had also been Head of the Technical Secretariat. He designed and implemented the Italian legislation on innovative startups and SMEs and worked, as contributor of the “Destinazione Italia” Report and member of the Finance for Growth group, at the liberalization of corporate bonds and on recent measures to boost investments in R&D and intellectual property. In the past, he worked as an Economist at the European Central Bank and at Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group as Head of the CEO’s Staff office. He graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Turin, and got a post-graduate specialization in International Economics at the London School of Economics.

Mariya Ivanova GABRIEL
EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society


Mariya Ivanova Gabriel ( born 20 May 1979) is a Bulgarian politician, appointed in July 17 as European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. Previously, she was a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2017. There, she served as Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) group, Vice-President of EPP Women and head of the Bulgarian EPP delegation.

Fabrizio GEA
Head of Digital Innovation Hub, Confindustria


Fabrizio Gea is an entrepreneur. He founded the companies of the GVS Group operating in the ICT sector and today he is its Ad. He created ITCluster and he’s its President as well. In Confidustria he first joined the Young Entrepeneurs and the the Little Industry Committee covering regional and national roles. Today he’s the President of Confindustria Canavese and he’s the Head of the Digital Innovation Hub of Confindustria as well.
Franco Micoli

Head of Government Relations Italy & South East Europe NOKIA


With a degree in Information Science and a Master degree in Management and Corporate Strategies, Micoli has developed a deep knowledge of the ICT sector starting out his professional activity in the Teletta R&D labs; later on he worked for the consulting area of TXT Informatics Engineering and in the business’ area of Computer Associates. He worked for Alcatel-Lucent from 2001 in the Marketing and Business Development areas for the Italian and the South-Eastern Europe and Middle East markets.
From 2009 he handles the Government Relations for Italy. From 2015 he’s the Head of Government Relations Italy & South East Europe NOKIA.

H.E. Giovanni PUGLIESE
Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the Council of the EU, Permanent Representatives Committee I


IBorn on July 5th, 1962. 1987: Master in Political Sciences – University of Rome. Work experience: 2011-2015: Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy Berlin; 2009-2011: Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and non-proliferation – Foreign Ministry – Rome; 2006-2009: First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN – New York; 2002-2006: First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the European Union – Brussels; 1998-2002: Counsellor at the UN Desk – Foreign Ministry – Directorate General for Political Affairs – Rome; 1994-1998: First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations – Geneva; 1991-1994: First Secretary at the Italian Embassy in Beijing – China; 1988-1990: Second Secretary at the NATO Desk – Foreign Ministry – Directorate General for Political Affairs – Rome.

Andreas SCHWAB
MEP Group of the European People’s Party, IMCO Committee


Andreas Schwab is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Germany. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People’s Party.Member of the European Parliament, 2004–present. Schwab serves on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), where he deals with network and information security.He is the European People’s Party Group’s coordinator on the committee. From 2010 to 2011, Schwab drafted the European Parliament’s report on the EU Consumer Rights Directive.As shadow rapporteur, he has issued opinions on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (2015) and on the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy (2015). In 2014, he co-sponsored a non-binding bill before the European Parliament calling on the European Commission to consider separating Google’s search-engine business from its other commercial activities to ensure fair competition on the internet.He currently leads the European Parliament’s negotiating team on internet platform regulation in Europe.

Patrizia TOIA
MEP Group of the Progressive alliance of Socialist and Democrats, Vice-Chair ITRE Committee


Born in Pogliano Milanese (Milan), she received her university degree in Political Science at the University of Milan, and her specialization in Strategic Planning at Bocconi University. She began her political career in the Christian Democrats, and then continued in the Italian Popular Party (PPI). She was Regional Councillor in Lombardy region, in charge of coordination for Social Services, Healthcare and Budgetary Policy. In Rome, she was then elected at the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic. She held various institutional positions: Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Human Rights, for Relations with the United Nations, for cultural relations abroad, for Latin America, Asia and Oceania, for immigration and Italians abroad. She was also appointed Minister for European Affairs and afterwards Minister for Relations with Parliament. Since 2004 she is member of the European Parliament. She was reconfirmed first in 2009, in the lists of the Democratic Party and member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D), as Vice President of the Commission for Industry, Research and Energy, member of the Delegation to the ACP-EU and substitute member of the Committee on Development and the Delegation for relations with Mercosur. Since 2014, she was again reconfirmed as member of the European Parliament in the Democratic Party list. She is now Vice President of the Commission for Industry, Research and Energy and Head of Delegation of the Democratic Party in the European Parliament.

Roberto VIOLA
Director General, Communication Network, Content and Technologies, DG CNET, European Commission


Roberto Viola holds a Doctor degree in Electronic Engineering (Dr. Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He is Director General of DG CONNECT, in the European Commission. Between September 2012 and August 2015 he was Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT with responsibilities for the Electronic Communications Networks and Services Directorate, Cooperation Directorate – International and Inter-institutional relations, Stakeholders cooperation, Coordination Directorate – Growth and Jobs, Innovations and Knowledge Base, Media and Data Directorate.From 2005 to 2012, he was the Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM (Italian media and telecom regulator). He was Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, and Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators). He was Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG) in 2007. He served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004, in charge of inter alia, regulation in terrestrial, cable and satellite television, frequency planning, access and interconnection of communication services, cost accounting and tariff in telecommunication and broadcasting services. From 1985-1999 he served in various positions as a staff member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in particular, he has been Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services.

Head of Law, Competition and Consumer Policy Department, BDI


Heiko Willems (born 30/08/19/1970) is currently working at the Federation of German Industries as a Head of the Department Law, Competition and Consumer Policy. He joined the Confederation in 2003 as a Policy Adviser, after studying Law at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and working as a research fellow following the main topics related to the German and European Constitutional Law. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of Directors at the DIS – German Institution of Arbitration.