Artificial Intelligence & Governance -
Part I: How Artificial Intelligence
Can Become a Competitive Edge for SMEs

from 9:30 to 11:00 CET

Welcome & Opening

ITRE Committee; EPP Group Coordinator in the AIDA Committee
Vice-President of SME Europe of the EPP


Head of Accompanying Research for Mittelstand Digital,
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy, Germany


Senior Expert at the Artificial Intelligence, Policy development and Coordination Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Dr. Michal BONI
The First Minister of Digital Affairs in CEE 2011-13;
Member of the European Parliament 2014-19;
Senator of SME Europe of the EPP

Françoise SOULIÉ
AI Expert and head of the Pack IA, a program of the Region Ile de France dedicated to SMEs

Daniel ABBOU
General Manager, KI Bundesverband

INTA & AIDA Committees;
Vice-President of SME Europe of the EPP


Dr. Horst HEITZ
Executive Director SME Europe of the EPP

A new chapter in the debate on AI development has started in light of the discussions on the Data Strategy, the new model for the Digital Single Market, the need for an industrial policy 4.0 and the passing of the Digital Services Act.

The economic dimension and aspirations of the European digital advantage are very much linked with societal, cultural and political views of the future. We see our part in the debate by putting a spotlight on SMEs. What is the potential impact of AI on business practices across various industries and along SMEs’ internal value chain? What are the barriers for adoption? What could be the best regulatory framework, the management patterns and oversight of the AI systems development?

Artificial Intelligence is changing our world. We cannot afford not to utilize, nor do we have time to lose with regard to its development.