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The French EU Presidency: an opportunity for the digital transition?

03 Dec 2021
8:00 CET

The French EU Presidency: an opportunity for the digital transition?

3 December 2021, 8:00 CET onwards


France will be steering the ship at the helm of the Council of the European Union (EU) at a turning point for the EU, as it starts implementing the post-Covid recovery measures intended to foster a more sustainable, competitive and resilient European economy. The event is a timely opportunity to decipher the French Government’s priorities for the EU digital agenda, in light of its broader vision for a ‘sovereign’ EU, and how it will roll out the heavy legislative agenda of interest to the digital sector.

Organized for the first time in Brussels, the New Regulations for the Digital Age is a Numeum and SAMMAN initiative launched in 2017, with the scope to address the EU policies of interest to the tech sector through stimulating conversations between the industry, experts and EU and French policy makers.


  • 8:00

    Welcome coffee (French breakfast)

  • 8:30

    Introductory words from organisers:

    • François Lhémery, Director Public Affairs and Communication Numeum
    • Thaima Samman, Partner at SAMMAN
  • 8:35

    Introducing Numeum in the European digital arena by: 

    • Godefroy de Bentzmann, Co-President Numeum and CEO Devoteam
  • 8:45

    Keynote address

    • Cédric O, French Minister for Digital Affairs and Electronic Communications
  • 9:00

    How are European Industry Champions Achieving their Digital Revolution? Fireside chat with Renault Group & DIGITALEUROPE:

    • Eric Feunteun, Chief Operating Officer Software République at Renault Group
    • Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE
  • 9:30

    Debunking Strategic Autonomy: How does the EU Digital Agenda fit within? Roundtable with:

    • Stéphanie Finck-Piccin, Vice-President EMEA Government Affairs & Public Policy at Salesforce
    • Eva Maydell, member of the European Parliament
    • Michel Paulin, CEO of OVHcloud
    • Nicolas Vanbremeersch, President Renaissance Numérique, presenting the findings of the think tank’s upcoming Digital Sovereignty Report
    • Mathieu Weill, Head of the Digital Economy Department at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery
    • Anthony Whelan, member of cabinet of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
  • 10:40

    Concluding words by organisers


  • Numeum is the leading voice for the digital sector in France, born in June 2021 from the merging of TECH IN France and Syntec Numérique. Numeum is the largest digital trade association in France, representing more than 2,300 companies of all sizes, from high-growth tech start-ups to the largest groups operating in the digital sector and is one of DIGITALEUROPE’s national association members.
  • SAMMAN Law and Corporate Affairs, is one of the few French law firms active in legal and public affairs that is able to engage with key decision-makers both at the French and European Union (EU) levels, through its offices established in Paris and Brussels.

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