PromethEUs – a new network of four Southern European think tanks – marked its debut on the EU stage hosting yesterday its first Digital Conference, entitled “A new framework for Europe’s digital rules. Leading the path towards AI and digital services revolution”.

As the European Commission is preparing to put on the table in the coming months two of the main legislative packages of the current institutional cycle – the Artificial Intelligence legislative framework and the Digital Services Act – and the debate on those issues has been intensifying within the European Institutions and in the national capitals, PromethEUs provided a forum for an open and high-level discussion in order to take stock of the Commission’s Digital Strategy in view of the next institutional steps.

The conference gave the floor to 20 high-level speakers, including EU and national key decision-makers, and brought together more than 100 stakeholders from Brussels and the national capitals, including representatives from

Roberto Viola,EC Director-General: “Europe’s ambitions shall consist both in investing in excellence and in using the EU’s political capital to set clear rules (data governance, digital services, human-centric AI). This could give a European direction to the digital transformation and making digital the solution for a long-lasting growth”.

EU and national institutions, research and business organisations, trade and consumer associations and other relevant stakeholders.

Among the speakers, there were Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CNECT, European Commission, who delivered a keynote speech on “Setting European Rules for the Global Digital Era”; Mirella Liuzzi, Undersecretary of State, Italian Ministry of Economic Development; Members of European Parliament Eva Kaili (Chair of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology, STOA); Alex Agius Saliba (Rapporteur on DSA), Pablo Arias Echeverría (Shadow Rapporteur on DSA), Maria-Manuel Leitão-Marques (Vice-Chair IMCO Committee); AIDA Special Committee Members Edina Tóth (Vice-Chair), Brando Benifei and Susana Solís Pérez. Speakers also included the current and future chairs of the EU Council Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society, Robert Dehm, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU and Ricardo Castanheira, Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU.

PromethEUs was represented by Stefano da Empoli, President, I-Com – the Institute for Competitiveness; Óscar Fernández, Senior Researcher, EsadeGeo; Aggelos Tsakanikas, Scientific Advisor, IOBE.


PromethEUs is an independent network of four Southern-European think tanks active in their respective countries and at EU level in the fields of economic, business and geopolitical research. Its mission is to constructively contribute to the current European policy debate on the digital revolution by providing a perspective from Southern Europe. PromethEUs aims at being engaged in the debate surrounding the EU Institutions’ digital agenda, with a special focus on SMEs and citizens’ and employees’ skills.

PromethEUs brings together I-Com, Institute for Competitiveness (Italy), EsadeGeo – Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Spain), IOBE – Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (Greece) e Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos (Portugal).