EU Digital Strategy: A holistic vision for a Digital Europe?


  • Didier Reynders
  • Jules Polonetsky


  • Karolina Mojzesowicz
  • Mireille Hildebrandt
  • Finn Lutzow-Holm Myrstad
  • Thomas Boué
  • Thomas van der Valk

Organisation: CPDP

Room: Grand Hall Online

Timing: 14:15 - 15:30 on 27 January 2021

The EU digital strategy sketches an ambitious approach to sculpt Europe's digital future - covering areas and issues as diverse as the digital economy and value extraction from industrial data, to the impact of digital transformation on the environment, to the shaping of open and democratic societies. Yet, the optimal content and implementation of digital policy in Europe - of any form - is always subject to fierce contestation. A policy as ambitious as the EU Digital Strategy is no exception. In this regard, this high-level panel will seek to explore the space of the EU Digital Strategy and, in particular, will consider the following questions:

• What are the key goals of the strategy, how will they be implemented, and how will this impact exiting EU law and policy?
• To what degree does the strategy effectively balance the competing interests implied in digitisation and data processing?
• What factors will influence the successful implementation of the strategy?
• What impacts should/will the strategy have beyond Europe's borders?


Didier Reynders

European Commissioner for Justice (EU)

A father of four, Didier Reynders was born in Liège on 6th August 1958. In 1981, he obtained a degree in law at the University of Liège. Guest lecturer at the universities of Liège and Louvain, he has never really left the academic life until he became on 1th December 2019 European Commissioner for Justice. After presiding the Belgian railways and the Belgian Airways Agency, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the PRL (Liberal party), before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1992. On 12th July 1999, he became Minister of Finance (until 6th December 2011) and, on 18th July 2004, (concurrently) Deputy Prime Minister (until 30th November 2019). He was Chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party alliance) from 11th October 2004 until 14th February 2011. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs from 6th December 2011 until 11th October 2014. He became Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, in charge of Beliris and Federal Cultural Institutions on 11th October 2014 (until 30th November 2019). He has also been Minister of Defense since 9 December 2018. Since 1th December 2019 he is European Commissioner for Justice, in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection.

Jules Polonetsky

Future of Privacy Forum (US)

Jules serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 175 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on Big Data, Mobile, Location, Apps, the Internet of Things, Wearables, De-Identification, Connected Cars, and Student Privacy.


Karolina Mojzesowicz


Karolina Mojzesowicz is the Deputy Head of Unit of the unit responsible for data protection at the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers). She was one of the Commission's representatives in the interinstitutional negotiations with Parliament and Council on the General data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She is now responsible for its implementation in the EU. Mrs Mojzesowicz previously served as a member of the European Commission's Legal Service, focusing on EU Competition law and International Trade law. In that capacity, she represented the Commission in numerous cases before the European Courts and before the WTO panels and Appellate Body. Mrs Mojzesowicz studied law in Poland, the Netherlands and Germany where she obtained her PhD in 2001.

Mireille Hildebrandt

Vrije Universiteit Brussel LSTS (BE) & Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (NL)

Mireille Hildebrandt is a Research Professor on 'Interfacing Law and Technology' at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), appointed by the VUB Research Council. She works with the research group on Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology. She also holds the part-time Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty, at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen. ​ From 2019 she heads the COHUBICOL team that works on her ERC Advanced Grant project ‘Counting as a Human Being in the era of Computational Law’ (2019-2024). See ​

Finn Lutzow-Holm Myrstad

Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC)(NO)

Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad is the Director of Digital Policy at the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC). Using targeted research and global coalition-building, he and his team at NCC convince governments and companies to improve their policies. Finn develops and promotes international standards as EU Chair of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue´s Digital Committee (, which gathers 75 organisations from both sides of the Atlantic. Some of Finn´s projects so far include privacy and security challenges posed by internet connected devices, user terms in apps, tech companies’ use of dark patterns and how online tracking is out of control.

Thomas Boué

BSA | The Software Alliance (BE)

Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in EMEA. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the enterprise software industry with European and national policymakers. He leads on security and privacy issues, as well as broader efforts to promote open markets, fair competition, global trade, and innovation in areas such as AI and cloud computing. Prior to joining BSA, Boué was a consultant at Weber Shandwick, where he advised clients on a range of technology and ICT-related policy issues and represented them before the EU institutions and industry coalitions.

Thomas van der Valk

Facebook (NL)

Thomas van der Valk is Privacy Policy Manager EMEA at Facebook. Before joining Facebook he worked in the European Parliament as an MEP-advisor on civil liberties, justice and home affairs, including on files such as GDPR, counter terrorism and transparency. He is Founder of the new online platform Shaping Europe, which aims to contribute to a constructive debate on European affairs.