The European Commission DG Connect organised the first ICT Competitiveness Week in Brussels in September 2012. This invite only event brought together a select group of stakeholders to plan for the EU ICT contribution to competitiveness and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
"The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important - and then get out of their way while they do it", said Jack Welch - former CEO of General Electric - once. This is essentially the intention of the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology - DG Connect - as it is approaching the ICT Competitiveness Week - a series of workshops and consequential conversations among more than 300 invited experts who have been purposely invited in Brussels over the period from 17th to 20th of September.
Competitiveness is currently ranking high on the agenda of policy makers. In particular, ICT has put policy makers in a fast-changing environment, where new technologies and new businesses practices call for a continuous rethinking of their policies.