INTERNET OF THINGS & 5G REVOLUTION. The highway for the future of EU services and industry

Conference, Brussels, Wednesday 19th October 2016 18.15 – 20.45

Wednesday 19 October 2016 ore 18:15 - 20:45

European Parliament, Room A5E2, Altiero Spinelli building, Place du Luxembourg side - Brussels

On October 19th at 18h15 a new event took place at the European Parliament (room A5E2): “INTERNET OF THINGS & 5G REVOLUTION. The highway for the future of EU services and industry”, hosted by the MEPs Massimiliano Salini (EPP) and Patrizia Toia (S&D).

The debate was divided into three sectorial discussion groups along the axes of Energy efficiency, Digital Health and Industry 4.0.

The SOTEU communication, on behalf of the European Commission, pleaded for a “better connectivity for all citizens and businesses”. This policy priority was illustrated by Jean Claude Juncker as follow: “We need to be connected. Our economy needs it. People need it. And we have to invest in that connectivity now”. That means to carry innovation process in the overall industrial sectors, create new high-quality job opportunities and provide more and more efficient services for citizens. The event was a favorable occasion to examine in depth this EU priority and the opportunities coming out of this for all actors involved.

In fact, a new digital revolution of the EU single market is a priority for industries – from big firms to start-ups – in order to improve their productivity; for consumers, in order to expand their possibilities in term of a wider and more competitive market within the EU, both at national and regional/local level; and finally for investors in order to encourage the race towards a new way of producing. The event format envisaged three debating groups followed by the conclusions, took by many institutional representatives.

I-Com presentation
Documento di Background



Speakers confirmed:

Director of EU Representative Office, Nokia


Leo Baumann is Director EU Affairs at Nokia and heads the Nokia EU Representative Office in Brussels. He joined Nokia in January 2011, initially as a Senior Manager, to deal with Data Protection policy, Research, Innovation and IP policies, and environmental regulation. Previously, he had acquired expertise in ICT-related matters as an external advisor to the Public Affairs Consultancy Cabinet DN and as a Director of the Trade Association DIGITALEUROPE (2002-2011). Leo has started his career as a parliamentary assistant to Prof. Dr. Angelika Niebler, MEP (1999-2002). Other activities included chairing the ICT Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, being a member of the Chamber’s Executive Committee, and presenting case studies to EU Affairs classes of European business schools/universities. Leo holds a German law degree and a PhD in European law.

Michał BONI
MEP Group of the European People’s Party, ITRE Committee


Positions in Parliament:

· Vice-Chair – Moldova
· Member – Platforma Obywatelska
· Member – EPP Bureau
· Member – Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly
· Member – Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
· Substitute – Ukraine
· Substitute – Industry, Research and Energy

He is Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and a member of the LIBE and DEPA Commitees.
He is also a founding member of the Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. The Group, launched in December 2014, is an informal network of MEPs, cross-party and cross-nationality, who are interested in digital technologies and in how they can benefit society.
Born in 1954 in Poznan, he is a graduate of the University of Warsaw where he lectured in the Department of Polish Culture for many years. He had been involved in the ‘Solidarity’ underground movement since 1980, becoming a member of the national authorities of ‘Solidarity’ in 1989 and Chairman of the Mazowsze Region Management Board in 1990.
He was the Minister of Labour and Social Policy in 1991 and from 1992 to 1993, he held the position of Secretary of State at the same ministry where he was responsible for labour market policy among others. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Chief Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. He was the Head of Strategic Advisors to Prime Minister Donald Tusk from 2008 and the Minister of Administration and Digitisation of Poland from 2011 till 2013.

President, I-Com


Stefano is the President of I-Com , which he founded in 2005, and he teaches political economy and economic policy at Roma Tre University. Previously, he directed the Observatory on Energy Policy of the Einaudi Foundation. He is an expert member of the Technical Secretariat for the Protection of Nature at the Ministry of the Environment, of the Task Force on investment in the electricity sector of Eurelectric. He is the Scientific Director of the Association La Scossa, founded in 2011, and he is member of the board of the Brussels-based European Foundation EYPROM. He is Member of the Scientific Board of several institutions and initiatives, and the author and editor of numerous publications on economic subjects, particularly with regard to policy and regulation of the energy market and infrastructural services and the governance of the institutions. He conducted studies 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, and also leading Italian and foreign companies and non-profit organisations. He holds a Master’s degree in economics at the CORIPE Piedmont and a Master of Arts in Economics at the George Mason University (USA).

Chief Operating Officer, Innowatio


Mattia De Vecchi, born in 1973, received a degree in Law from the University of Milan.He joined Techint in 2000 and participated in the start-up of Dalmine Energie, where he has worked as responsible for IT Development since 2001. He then became Head of IT Systems and Business Development at Dalmine Energie, and Account Manager for Consorzio Gas Intensive, Italy’s largest natural gas consumer. Following the acquisition of Dalmine Energie by E.ON, he became a member of E.ON’s Corporate Development team in Italy.

Policy Coordinator for Digital Entrepreneurship/Digital Transformation of Industry European Commission
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs


Dana leads EU policy development on digital entrepreneurship and the digital transformation of industry and enterprises, with the objective to foster industrial leadership in Europe, boost competitiveness, growth and jobs and add value to the society as a whole. She has been involved in shaping the Digital Single Market policy, the policy initiative on Digitising European Industry, and the forthcoming Startup and Scaleup initiative and follows their implementation. Previously, Dana worked for the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs, and its flagship initiatives, notably the Industrial Renaissance, the Digital Agenda review, the Entrepreneurship Action Plan, and the Small Business Act for Europe.
She is the EU coordinator of the Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship, a policy thinktank with leaders from industry, science, civil society and politics, with the objective to speed up the digital transformation of EU businesses. She also coordinates the Member States Board, bringing together policy makers with a view to inspiring good policy practices, coordinating policies and to forging the implementation of a pan-European Digitising European Industry strategy.
In the past, Dana was the co-editor of the Global IT Report of the World Economic Forum. She steered the European eBusiness Support Network for SMEs and defended EU policy in relevant international dialogues, such as the EU-US dialogue on eCommerce, the Trans-Atlantic business dialogue (TABD), the OECD and the WTO.
Dana Eleftheriadou holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a degree in computer engineering and informatics.

Head of Unit E-Health, Well-Being & Ageing DG CONNECT, European Commission


Miguel González-Sancho is since July 2016 Head of the Unit “eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing” at the European Commission, within the Directorate General “Communication Networks, Content and Technology” (DG CNECT,
Miguel previously held different positions in DG CNECT, including Head of Unit for Administration and Finance, Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination and Deputy Head of the Unit “ICT for Inclusion”. During this period, he worked on successive policy strategies (“e-Europe”, “i2010”, “Digital Agenda”) as well as policy initiatives and R&D&I projects on ICT for social inclusion, accessibility, public services and skills.
Miguel was also Member of Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes. He also worked as legal officer on telecommunications regulation, and as handler of trade defence investigations in DG TRADE.
Miguel holds university degrees in Law (UNED, Spain) and International Relations (UCL, Belgium) as well as three master degrees: in Finance Management, Audit and Accounting; Business Administration; European policies. He is fluent in Spanish, French, English, Portuguese and Italian. He understands German and Dutch.

Head of Unit Energy Efficiency & Intelligent Energy, DG Energy, European Commission


Paul Hodson is Head of the European Commission’s energy efficiency unit. He previously worked for the Commission on renewable energy, urban transport, and as a speechwriter. Before joining the Commission, he was head of transport policy at Manchester City Council (UK) and transport policy manager at Reading Borough Council (UK). He began his career in the Inner Cities Unit of the UK’s National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He has a degree in history from Cambridge University and a Masters in urban planning from Oxford Polytechnic.

MEP Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats


Miapetra Kumpula-Natri has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014. She is a member of Social Democratic Party of Finland and S&D group in the European parliament. As a member of the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee she has expertise in the fields of telecommunication, digitalisation, energy and bioeconomy. She is the rapporteur coordinating Parliament’s position towards the Wholesale Roaming Market regulation. She was the shadow rapporteur of S&D in ITRE committee in the Digital Single Market Strategy adopted in January 2016. Before she was elected to the European Parliament, Kumpula-Natri was a Member of Finnish Parliament and the chair of its Grand Committee responsible for EU affairs. She holds a B. Sc. degree in engineering.

Director European Cancer Patient Coalition



Head of European Public Affairs and Regulation Enel


Nicola is in charge of European Public Affairs and Regulation for Enel, working closely with European institutions and stakeholders on the transformation of energy markets. Before moving to Brussels he spent 10 years of his career in Latin America, where he acted as Area Manager for Mexico and Central America leading the growth of the company in the region through significant investments in renewable projects. Prior to joining Enel, Mr. Melchiotti worked for McKinsey as management consultant. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Masters in Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (France) and Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

MEP Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, BUDG Committee


Victor Negrescu (born on 17 August 1985) is the youngest Romanian MEP elected at the European Parliament in May 2014. He is an active Member in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and a permanent Member of the Committee on Budgets and the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. He is also a Substitute Member in the Committee on Legal Affairs, Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Delegation for relations with Canada. Victor Negrescu came to the Parliament with a set of projects aimed at facilitating access to European funds for EU Member States, the promotion of European Guarantee for Health and standardization requirements of EU education systems so that students from Member States should not be forced anymore to equate their studies.He is the initiator in Brussels of the project called “Delegation of Transylvania and Banat” close to the European Union, which promotes local values of the region of Transylvania in the European Parliament. He is the first Romanian MEP who brought in discussion and analysis a Pilot Project – Access to Health for people in rural areas.

EU Affairs, Terna


Cristina Pascucci is currently engaged in EU Affairs in Terna, the Italian Transmission System Operator where she is in charge of coordination of Entso-E activities within the company as well as EU public affairs activities. On behalf of Terna she is member in the EU Affairs Expert Group of Entso-E. Before joining the EU Affairs Department she worked in the International Affairs Department in charge of International Organizations and Associations. Since year 2012 till year 2015, she worked in the Institutional Affairs Department within Terna as responsible for the relationships with the national Government and national Ministries. Since year 2005 till year 2012 she worked as Senior Expert on International and European Regulatory issues, focusing on International TSOs Associations and EU Affairs business (third energy package, internal energy market, infrastructure issues and PCI). Since year 2010 till year 2012 she was in charge of the Convenorship of the Working Group “System Adequacy and Market Modelling” in ENTSO-E. She has been working in the energy sector since year 2001 for the Italian Transmission System Operator (first GRTN and from November 2005 at present in Terna).She graduated in Economics from University of Rome and after that she took a specialization in EU Law and International Organizations.

Massimiliano SALINI
MEP Group of the European People’s Party, ITRE Committee


Born in Soresina, Italy, in 1973, he received his Master’s Degree in law from the Statale University, Milan. During his university studies he was involved in the political life of the university, first being elected to the Academic Senate, then serving as President of the Conference of Students, and finally joining the Regional Committee for the Coordination of the Universities of the Lombardy region. From 1998 to 2000, he joined the President’s staff in the Lombardy region. From 2000 to 2009, he worked as a project manager in a private company. In 2006, he was appointed Vice-President of the Società Cremasca Servizi S.p.A., and in 2007, member of the board of Linea Group Holding and of Linea Ambiente Spa. He was elected President of the Province of Cremona in 2009. MEP since 2014.

Patrizia TOIA
MEP Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists 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.

Laszlo TOTH
Senior Director, Europe GSM Association


Laszlo Toth is the Senior Director of GSMA Europe, which is the European arm of the GSM Association – the global body that represents the worldwide mobile communications industry. In this capacity Laszlo is responsible for the day-to-day running of the GSMA’s Brussels office. He works closely with members to facilitate coordinated advocacy efforts at the EU level in order to create a policy environment that maximizes the mobile industry’s ability to invest in infrastructure and drive economic growth. Laszlo started his professional career working at telecoms operators. Prior to joining GSMA in 2011, he spent nine years at the Hungarian public administration, including spells at the Ministry responsible for ICT and at the national telecoms regulator. Laszlo has an MSc. in economics and holds a degree in computer sciences.