European AI 

30th June 2020 online - Replay Available

The COVID pandemic has revealed unprecedented challenges in Europe and the rest of the world.

What role can artificial intelligence play in the recovery process? What should a policy and regulatory framework for a European ecosystem of trust and excellence in AI look like? Do we have the needed infrastructure to achieve the status of a global leader in AI?

On the final day of the Croatian Presidency and as a new Trio takes the Council of the EU helm, European AI Associations CroAI, KI-Verband and Hub France IA invite you to join us in finding the right answers.

Keynote Speakers

Margrethe Vestager

European Commission's Executive Vice-President

Zoran Milanović

President of the Republic of Croatia

Dorothee Bär

German Minister of 
State for Digitalisation

Maroš Šefčović

European Commission's 

Cédric  O

French Secretary of 
State for Digital 

Croatian Presidency

The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU has defined four priorities in its programme ː A Europe that grows, connects, protects and shines.


CroAI's objective is to promote the importance of human-centric AI and its impact on daily life 

Hub France IA

Hub France IA mission is to promote the rapid growth of the French and European AI ecosystem to foster the emergence of new players, strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of French companies in order to stimulate the adoption of AI in all sectors.

KI Bundesverband

The KI Bundesverband consists of more than 220 innovative companies, SMEs, start-ups and experts, for whom the development and application of technologies based on artificial intelligence is a central business objective.

German Presidency

German Presidency in the Council of the European Union.
Together. Strengthen Europe.

What possibilities does AI offer to master current challenges, enable new opportunities and business models  and further develop a European economy taking full advantage of digitization, data and AI ?

The European AI Forum will highlight the new post-Covid context, a European regulatory framework for AI and European AI infrastructure projects. High-level keynotes and three panel discussions will give you all the insight into these prominent topics..

The forum is addressed to entrepreneurs and stakeholders all over Europe, corporate companies, start-ups, research institutes, public organizations and more.
It aims to bring to the table some of the challenges we face today and consider Europe's path to tech sovereignty in the fields of AI data, business and infrastructure.

Our speakers

Benjamin Benharrosh

Benjamin Benharrosh

Co-Founder & VP Sales

Christel Fiorina

Christel Fiorina

Coordinator of the AI strategy for the economy
French Ministry of the Economy

Izabel Jelenic

Izabel Jelenić

Co-Founder & CTO

Cyril Kabbara

Cyril Kabbara
Co-Founder & COO
Shark Robotics

Yann Lechelle

Yann Lechelle
Scaleway Cloud and AI Provider

Mislav Malenica

Mislav Malenica
Founder & CEO

Lars Nagel

Lars Nagel

International Data Spaces Association

Mate Rimac

Mate Rimac

Founder & CEO
Rimac Automobili and Greyp Bikes

Lucilla Sioli

Lucilla Sioli
Director of AI & Digital Industry
European Commission - DG Connect

Anthony Whelan

Anthony Whelan

Digital Adviser, Cabinet of European Commission


Joerg Bienert

Jörg Bienert
German AI Association

Antoine Couret

Antoine Couret
Hub France IA

Jan Stedul

Jan Stedul

Secretary General
Croatian AI Association

Watch 30th June 2020 replay


10:00 - 10:15    European AI Forum official start

Opening remarks - Zoran Milanović, President of the Republic of Croatia

Opening remarks - Margrethe Vestager, European Commission's Executive Vice President

 10:15 - 11:30    Panel 1  

The road to recovery and challenges ahead for European AI

The European Union is bracing for a slow and gradual recovery from the COVID pandemic. To support its citizens and businesses, the EU has proposed a €2 trillion recovery fund to be built into the EU’s next long-term budget. What will the impact of the recovery be on our economy, our healthcare and our culture? Can AI play a role? The aim of this panel is to examine how to confront the aftermath of the pandemic, especially in the context of economic recovery and new technologies.

Moderation : Jan Stedul, Secretary General, Croatian AI Association

Panelist 1 : Mate Rimac, CEO, Rimac Automobili

Panelist 2 : Cyril Kabbara, Co-Founder & COO, Shark Robotics

Panelist 3 : Benjamin Benharrosh, Co-Founder & VP Sales, Delair

Panelist 4 : Anthony Whelan, Digital Adviser, Cabinet of European Commission


12:15 - 12:30    

Roadmap for Europe

Intervention by Dorothee Bär, German State Minister for Digitalization
Intervention by Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission's Vice-President

 12:30 - 13:45     Panel 2

Exploring a European regulatory framework for AI

What is the balance between innovation and regulation? Can regulation support innovation or is it more of a hindrance? At the end of the consultation on the EU’s White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, the response is mixed. It is undeniable, however, that Europe must take its own approach to innovation and regulation than the USA or China. 
But how to create a common framework for artificial intelligence in a Europe of 27 national states? It is clear that Europe only has a chance on the global AI market if a common European solution is identified. This topic will be discussed in the following panel.

Moderation : Jörg Bienert, President, German AI Association

Panelist 1 : Lucilla Sioli, Director of AI & Digital Industry, DG CONNECT

Panelist 2 : Christel Fiorina, Coordinator of the AI strategy for the economy, French Ministry of the Economy

Panelist 3 : Mislav Malenica, Founder & CEO, Mindsmiths

13:45 - 14:00     Coffee break

14:00 - 14:15     

Roadmap for Europe

Roadmap for Europe and Update of the German-French AI roadmap by Cédric O, French Secretary of State for the Digital 

14:15 - 15:30     Panel 3

European digital infrastructure for AI

AI is as important today for Europe’s economic and political development as Coal has been at the start of the European Union with the European Coal and Steel Community. Today's issues regarding the recovery of the economy address high challenges to AI.
How are European players going to take their part in these challenges ? Is the development of AI in Europe going to further draw companies and citizen in the dependency of non-European AI & data solutions ? Or are we at the turning point to develop a "European AI and Data Community" or an "AI - Airbus" ? The Gaia X project may be the solution.

Moderation : Antoine Couret, President, Hub France IA

Panelist 1 : Yann Lechelle, CEO, Scaleway Cloud and AI Provider

Panelist 2 : Lars Nagel, CEO, International Data Spaces Association

Panelist 3 : Izabel Jelenić, CTO, Infobip

15:30 - 15:45     Coffee break

15:45 - 16:00     Closing of the Forum

European AI Forum - closing address.

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