June 21, 2022 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This 90-minute expert roundtable discussion will explore and promote a greater uptake of the European procurement directive’s accessibility provisions as European Union (EU) member states make technology investments through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).

The RRF makes available €723.8 billion in loans and grants of €338 billion for EU countries to invest, create jobs, and build a green and digital future. It is core to the EU response to the coronavirus pandemic. The RRF goal is to mitigate the economic and social impact of the pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient, and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions. Digital transformation is one of the six pillars of the RRF.

This interactive discussion will cover timely and critical topics:

  • Overview of the digital transformation pillar of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility and the opportunity for increasing inclusion, accessibility, and equity.
  • Discussion of specific member state RRF plans for digital transformation with government, industry, and disability leaders.
  • Review of key European norms and regulations addressing accessibility and digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and socially responsible public procurement.
  • Guidance on how procurement can support more inclusive digital transformation and recovery, including how public sector bodies can specify accessibility for persons with disabilities in the procurement of ICT products and services under their RRF digital transformation plans.

Expert Discussants:
• Alvaro Couceiro, Social Policy Officer, European Disability Forum (EDF)
• Esa Kaunistola, Director, Trade and Industrial Policy, European Government Affairs, Microsoft
• Silvia Mestres, EU Funds Business Program Manager, Microsoft
• Catherine Naughton, Director, European Disability Forum (EDF)
• Félix Poirier, Policy Officer, Recovery and Resilience Task Force, European Commission
• Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Senior Expert, Directorate-General for Employment, European Commission
• Jeremy Rolison, Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
• James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs


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