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DPA July Summer Reception

On the 9th of July 2012 the Digital Policy Alliance held its Annual Summer Reception: “Driving the Single Digital Market” at Europe House in Smith Square, the London base of the European Commission. Parliamentarians, government officials and key members of the technology industry gathered to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the EU in delivering a single digital market across 27 Member States against a backdrop of economic adversity.

Lord Erroll opened the event in his capacity as Chair of the Digital Policy Alliance before handing over to Syed Kamall MEP, Member of the European Internet Foundation and the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. Mr Kamall highlighted some of the difficulties in relation to the standardisation and interoperability of cross-border transactions, whilst emphasising the importance of government listening to industry in order to evaluate the most realistic options for achieving that goal.

The evening continued with presentations from key sponsors Vendorcom and ValidSoft. Chairman Paul Rodgers explained Vendorcom’s role in driving the development of a single digital market in relation to the European cards and payments industry through the promotion of innovation and providing a platform for thought leadership and knowledge sharing. ValidSoft Chairman, Phil Hickman, welcomed the focus of the event, and outlined his firm’s contribution as a leading supplier of authentication and transaction verification solutions for financial services and government.

The final speech of the night was delivered by Digital Policy Alliance Director, Stephen McPartland MP who emphasised the need for industry to work together to educate and inform politicians and officials given the scope for confusion in this complex, and yet hugely important policy area. He praised the key role played by the Digital Policy Alliance in closing the knowledge gap and orchestrating balanced and joined-up expert scrutiny of legislative proposals and initiatives which will have a critical impact on the economic competiveness ceiling of the EU over the next decade or more.

The Digital Policy Alliance currently runs two expert working groups on Data Protection and Cross-Border Transactions which report to Malcolm Harbour MEP who is a Governor of the European Internet Foundation (EIF) and Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market. For more information please email: vvigars@dpalliance.org.uk.

The event was kindly sponsored by Vendorcom and ValidSoft.