In this first YPDP guest blog, we meet Pauline Gounaud, the policy adviser for the S&D group in ITRE. She has, over recent years, been involved in the lengthy Telecom Single Market trialogues, as well as the Digital Single Market strategy. (The views expressed are entirely her own and do not engage the S&D group).
What first got you into the digital sector – purpose or coincidence?
A real coincidence. Initially, I wanted to work on environmental issues and during my first traineeship in Brussels I was working on sustainability and climate change. However when looking for a position in the European Parliament, there was no opening in the ENVI committee, but there was a position in ITRE… So I took the position. When I started with ITRE I was the youngest so I was naturally allocated the responsibility of digital issues. I didn’t even have a smartphone at that point. Now I consider myself lucky, because I really enjoy it – the joys of coincidences!
The YPDP Team ran the Brussels 20k race on May 31. Alexander Whalen, Stephan Klose, Tim Stok and Samuel Laurinkari have all got great times, close to the 1h 30 min mark. Our fastest girl was Maria Tvrdonova, with an amazing 1h 50 min. Congratulations to the whole team!
YPDP have moreover raised 545 Euros for NGO “Close the Gap.” The money will contribute to a school computer lab in Tanzania.
We’ll be celebrating our 3-Years Anniversary & Summer Party on Thursday, July 2nd, from 18h. We’ll be hosting this event at our friends at Cabinet DN, Rue d’Arlon 25, Brussels. Come join us for food, birthday cake, drinks, socialising and fun!