The Brussels Times
Interactive Online Debate
25 May @ 14h30 CET

Economic transition into the “new normal”

How can international organisations help European economies bounce back?

Organised by The Brussels Times with the support of Huawei

As lockdowns across Europe are gradually lifted, the focus of our collective attention is shifting towards economic recovery.

How can international organisations help countries adapt to the new normal? What role do research and innovation in fields such as connectivity and other cutting-edge technology play in this context? And what are the pitfalls we will need to avoid?

Join our online debate to find out. Representatives from key European and international bodies will provide their perspectives on how to best move forward and overcome the unprecedented challenges ahead of us, and share good practice already being implemented.

You will also be able to engage and interact with the moderators and panellists, and share your ideas and opinions as the debate progresses.


25 May 2020


14h30 - 15h45 CET (Brussels Time)

Our high-level panel will include

Nada Sirotić

Chairperson of the Research Working Group of the EU Council, Permanent Representation of Croatia to the EU

Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento

Director for trade and innovation at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

Jaroslaw Ponder

Head of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Office for Europe

Isabelle Mauro

Director of Telecommunications and Digital Communications Industry at the World Economic Forum (WEF)

Abraham Liu

Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, HUAWEI


Dan Sobovitz

Digital Storyteller, Founder of

Pauline Bock


Watch the discussion live and get involved. No registration is required. The livestream will be available on this page on the day of the event.

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