Eastern EU Member States have very low ICT business expenditures in ICT R&D in relation to their GDP. They also show a very low rate of ICT public expenditures in R&D in relation to their GDP. Although several of them have recorded spectacular increases in ICT manufacturing employment, deeper analysis tends to indicate that these countries are still hosting rather low value added activities.

The mission of this conference is to confront such facts and views to the testimony of the stakeholders from academia, industry and policy so as to validate the observations, interpret their possible meaning and opt for actions that might favorably influence the future.