Roberto Viola

DG CONNECT, Commissione Europea

Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission. He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015. Roberto Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was a member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG). He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004. From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA). Roberto Viola holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).


Speeches of Roberto Viola

Keynote Speech

The EU needs to be able to re-use different types of data for a thriving and innovative data economy. Data is already behind numerous European innovations which can be discovered on an on-line tool, The Innovation Radar. Data is also a powerful tool in the fight against disinformation. Creating a Common European Data Space – a seamless digital area with a scale allowing the development of even more innovative products and EU-wide services, while fully protecting personal data and privacy – will allow the EU to fully reap the benefits of data. In this Common European Data Space, different types of data will flow freely across borders and there will be a higher supply of high-quality data for re-use from different sources, both public and private. Together with adequate levels of investment, including under the future Digital Europe programme, this will create the basis for further development of Big Data analytics and AI-powered solutions, which in turn will drive growth and establish Europe as one of the global leaders in data-driven innovation.

Speech language: Italian




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