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Bruegel Annual Meetings 2017

The Annual Meetings are Bruegel’s flagship event. They offer a mixture of large public debates and small private sessions about key issues in European and global economics. In a series of high-level discussions, Bruegel’s scholars, members and stakeholders will address the economic policy challenges facing Europe.

Date: Sep 7 - 8, 2017 Topic: Energy & Climate

The Annual Meetings are Bruegel’s flagship event. They offer a mixture of large public debates and small private sessions about key issues in European and global economics. In a series of high-level discussions, Bruegel’s scholars, members and stakeholders will address the economic policy challenges facing Europe.

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Speakers

Carlos Sallé Alonso

Director of Energy Policies and Climate Change, Iberdrola

José Antonio Álvarez Álvarez

Chief Executive Officer, Banco Santander

Agnès Bénassy-Quéré

Chair, French Council of economic analysis

Pervenche Béres

Member of the European Parliament

Matthias Buck

Head of EU Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende

Grégory Claeys

Research Fellow

Zsolt Darvas

Senior Fellow

Jean Luc Demarty

Director General, European Commission, DG TRADE

Maria Demertzis

Deputy Director

Anna Ekström

Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education, Sweden

Lowri Evans

Director-General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs - European Commission

Ferdinando Giugliano

Journalist, Bloomberg

Sandro Gozi

State Secretary for European Affairs, Italy

Peter Grünenfelder

Director, Avenir Suisse

Reiner Hoffmann

President, Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund

Levin Holle

Director General, Financial Markets Policy, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany

Kate Kalutkiewicz

Senior Trade Representative, US Mission to the EU

Steffen Kampeter

Director General, Confederation of German Employers' Associations

Peter Kažimír

Minister of Finance, Slovak Republic

Emmanuel Lagarrigue

Executive Vice President Strategy, Schneider Electric

Matti Maasikas

Deputy Minister for EU Affairs, Estonia

Steven Maijoor

Chair, ESMA

Reza Moghadam

Vice Chairman for Sovereigns and the Official Institutions, Morgan Stanley

Nathalie Moll

Director General, EFPIA

James Murray

Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development, London

Johan Van Overtveldt

Minister of Finance, in charge of Combating Tax Fraud, Belgium

Julia Reinaud

Director, Industry and Innovation, European Climate Foundation

André Sapir

Senior Fellow

Dirk Schoenmaker

Non-Resident fellow

Mateusz Szczurek

Member, European Fiscal Board

Marianne Thyssen

European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

Jean-Claude Trichet

Chairperson of the Board

Reinhilde Veugelers

Senior Fellow

Nicolas Véron

Senior Fellow

Ida Wolden Bache

Executive Director, Monetary Policy Department, Norge Bank

Liviu Voinea

Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Romania

Guntram B. Wolff

Director

Georg Zachmann

Senior Fellow

Location & Contact

Square - Brussels Meeting Centre

Matilda Sevon

matilda.sevon@bruegel.org

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How big is China’s digital economy?

The rise of influential Chinese digital giants, including Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Xiaomi has shown the world that China is a global leader in digital innovation and it is not surprising that China has started to influence the global digital market. But is China exploiting its full potential in this area? To answer this question, the authors assess how big China’s digital economy is relative to the rest of its economy, and how China performs compared to the rest of the world.

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