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Please find below an outline programme for this event. More information and updates on the programme will be available shortly, so please check back regularly. In the meantime if you have any specific questions on the topics to be discussed, or if you are interested in any of the opportunities to participate, please get in touch with Anne-Lise Simon on +44 (0) 2920 783 023 or



Wednesday 21 March, 2012


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 10:40

Opening Keynotes Presentations

Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation: The view from the Commission

Carl-Christian Buhr, Member of Vice-President Kroes cabinet, Responsible for Cloud Computing Strategy, European Commission

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Presentation: The view from the US

William E. Kennard, US Ambassador to the EU, US Mission to the EU

09:40 – 10:00

Keynote Presentation: The view from the European Parliament

Pilar del Castillo Vera, Member, European Parliament

10:00 – 10:20

Keynote Presentation: The view from the Industry

Ricky Santos, Vice-President Global Cloud Solutions, Dell

10:20 – 10:40

Q&A Session with Keynotes Speakers

10:40 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Session 1 - The Cloud: a means of realising European economic growth?

Focusing on the Commission’s plans for the development of a European Cloud Partnership between public authorities and industry to implement a European Cloud Computing Strategy, this panel will discuss the role that Cloud Computing can play in Europe’s future IT landscape, and what can be done in both the short-term and the long-term in order to maximise its benefits and potential economic impact. What is the current adoption level of Cloud Computing in Europe, and what are the main barriers that need to be overcome in order to increase this? What role can education play in ensuring end-users are well informed in how to best take up the opportunities offered by the technology? What opportunities in the cloud exist for the European IT industry (including SMEs)? How can a common basis for cloud procurement by public authorities be set-up? And what benefits can the technology provide for European businesses and authorities in terms of flexibility, efficiency and scalability, and the consumers in terms of service, accessibility, storage and technological ease? How can the Commission’s European Cloud Strategy help all of this to be achieved?


Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

11:00 – 12:30


Nigel Hickson, Head of EU and International ICT Policy, UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
André Richier, Policy Officer, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
Ivailo Kalfin, Member, European Parliament
Joe Baguley, Chief Cloud Technologist EMEA, VMware
Mark Lange, Senior Policy Counsel, Microsoft


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Session 2 - Security and privacy regulatory challenges in the Cloud: Simplifying the legislative minefield.

This session will explore the issues that Cloud Computing raises with regards to data security, privacy and liability, both within the EU and globally. What clarification on data ownership and on responsibility over data loss or data leakage is needed? To what extent do current laws governing international data transfers need to be updated to take into account the new era of cloud computing? How far does Commissioner Reding’s review of the EU data protection directive go in doing this? Will a well-defined Cloud legislation guaranteeing data protection be enough to overcome concerns over security and to gain the confidence of potential users? How can regulators balance the need to safeguard data with the important goal of ensuring the uptake of the Cloud is not jeopardized? To what extent can legal and regulatory solutions be co-ordinated at a global level, and how can European legislation be integrated with other data laws, for example the US Patriot Act? Where legal conflicts remain when dealing with third countries, how can it be ascertained where the precedence lies? To what extent can the creation of EU based cloud computer centres be used to help simplify the legislative maze?


Silvia-Adriana Ticau, Member, European Parliament

13:30 – 15:00


Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor
Joseph Alhadeff, Vice President of Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Oracle
Joan Antokol, Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC
Craig Silliman, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Verizon Communications
Nicolas Dubois, Policy Officer , Data Protection Unit, DG Justice, European Commission

15:00 – 15:20

Coffee Break

15:20 – 16:50

Session 3 – Delivering a coordinated Cloud infrastructure in Europe: the importance of funding, research and innovation.

This session will focus on the infrastructures and technical cooperation required to help the Cloud deployment throughout Europe. How should the technical barriers (such as the lack of fast, permanent and reliable connectivity in some areas) which could slow down the development of Cloud Computing in Europe be overcome? What measures can be undertaken by the Commission and Member States to motivate investment in this area in order to trigger innovation?
Panellists will also discuss the need for cloud providers to work together to encourage the development of standards in order to ensure interoperability between providers. Will this be enough to boost the adoption of the technology? How can we avoid vendor lock-in and facilitate data-portability? How should global cooperation on standardisation be implemented to tackle compatibility problems worldwide? What benefits will common requirements for Cloud procurement provide the Industry and public authorities?


Magnus Franklin, Journalist, MLex

15:20 – 16:50


Rainer Zimmermann, Head of Unit for Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures, Directorate General for Information Society and Media, European Commission
Christian Morales, Vice President General Manager EMEA, Intel Corporation
Camilla Grynnerup Fisker, Project Manager for the Danish Cloud Computing Initiatives in the Digitisation Agency, Danish Ministry of Finance
Bernd Becker, Vice President, Eurocloud Europe
Jurry de la Mar, Head of International Sales - Public Sector, T-Systems International

16:50 – 18:00

Networking and Cocktail Reception

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