With the 12th round of negotiations due in early 2016, proponents and critics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, an agreement aiming to lift trade barriers between the European Union and the United States, are struggling to win the hearts and minds of social media users.
— Allied for Startups (@Allied4Startups) December 15, 2015
Thanks to the many of you who attended our Christmas Reception on December 10.
Special thanks to our sponsor, ETNO.
We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2016 with new and exciting YPDP activities. Feel free to email us suggestions for events you want to help organise.
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!