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Wednesday 16 march


  • Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications 
  • Jack Hamande, Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

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Keynotes from the European Commission / European Parliament/ european Council
Creating the right conditions for digital products, networks and services to flourish in the DSM

  • What impact has the new Commission organisation had on driving a more integrated and effective policy delivery? Reflecting on the last 12 months and looking forward
  • Progress with public consultations – have assumptions proved correct or not? Results and analysis to date 
    • Telecom
    • Content and copyright
    • Digital economy
  • Next set of priorities and milestones for the Commission, Parliament and Council
  • Harmonisation vs. decentralisation – finding the right balance to develop the internal market further while preserving flexibility for regulating national markets appropriately


  • Peter Alexiadis, Partner, Gibson Dunn and Crutcher LLP; Trustee, International Institute of Communications

Expert Speakers:

  • Dr Roberto Viola, Director General DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Dr Pilar del Castillo Vera, Member of the European Parliament
  • Stefan Koreneef, Attaché Economic Affairs, Permanent Representation of The Netherlands, European Council
10.50 Refreshments

market response: what is really needed from the dsm package in order to promote economic growth, jobs, and innovation in europe?

  • How will the proposed policies impact Europe’s innovation ‘engine’ and the start-up environment?
  • What might be replicated or adapted from dynamic growth and innovation environments in the US and beyond?


  • Monica Ariño, Director of International Affairs, Ofcom, UK; Director, International Institute of Communications;

Expert Speakers:

  • Dr Tobias Schmid, Executive Vice President Governmental Affairs, RTL Group
  • Dr Theo Bertram, EMEA Policy and Strategy Team Manager, Google
  • Dr Ilse Van der Haar, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Tele2 AB
  • Enrique Medina Malo, Chief Policy Officer, Telefónica
  • Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President government & Industry Relations, Ericsson

Telecom framework review and tsm deliverables

  • Do we have the right regulatory frameworks and institutional structures to drive competition, stimulate infrastructure investment and strengthen consumer protection?
  • Initial feedback from Framework consultation process - priorities and timelines relating to:
    • Network access regulation
    • Spectrum management
    • Communication services
    • Universal service
    • Telecoms governance
  • TSM deliverables
    • Wholesale market roaming review – how will it be implemented?
    • Net neutrality - how to implement the new rules under the new framework and the DSM initiative


  • Sean Kennedy, Director and Head of Telecoms (Economic and Regulation), KPMG; Director, International Institute of Communications

Expert Speakers:

  • Dr Wilhelm Eschweiler, Vice President, Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunication, Post and Railway (BNetzA); BEREC Chair 2016

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  • Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO
  • André Merigoux, Public Affairs Director, Nokia
  • Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Liberty Global
  • Markus Reinisch, Gropup Public Policy Director, Vodafone


  • Online platforms - definitions, roles and responsibilities
  • Platform regulation in the converged, collaborative economy – what is appropriate and proportionate? 
  • Transparency and ownership issues around monetization and ownership of the customer and their data 
  • What evidence is there for creative and/or negative disruption resulting from new digital platforms and the collaborative/sharing economy?
  • Jean-Jacques SahelVice President, Europe, ICANN; Chairman, UK Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Expert Speakers:

  • Stefano Quintarelli, Member of Italian Parliamentary Intergroup for Technological Innovation, Italian Parliament
  • Tomas Lamanauskas, Group Director Public Policy, VimpelCom
  • Eirini Zafeiratou, Director EU Public Policy, Amazon Europe
  • Dr Jan Krancke, Vice President Regulatory Strategy, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General, The European Comsumers Organisation (BEUC)
17.40 End of day one


cross border content and online services: spotlight on new proposals to better serve citizens, consumers and business in the digital age

  • How are regulators, industry and civil society balancing citizen protection with consumer satisfaction when considering cross border content and services?
  • Possible revision of AVMS Directive concerning alignment of linear and nonlinear services and geographical market definition (country of origin) - what is the likely direction of travel?
  • Debating the impact of new proposals on content portability, access to digital content and e-commerce across the EU.
    • Proposed new Copyright package
    • Proposed new Digital Contract Rules
  • Who are the potential winners and losers? What evidence is there of meaningful demand?


  • Augusto Preta, CEO, ITMedia Consulting, Italy; Chairman, Italian Chapter; Director, International Institute of Communications

Expert Speakers:

  • Anna Herold, Member of Günther Oettinger Cabinet, European Commission
  • Celene Craig, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Chairperson, European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)

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  • Andrew Hall, Head of Government & Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal
  • Helen Keefe, Head of International Policy, BBC
  • Mathieu Moreuil, Head of European Public Policy, The Premier League
  • Stefan Krawczyk, Associate General Counsel & Head Government Relations International, eBay Inc; President, EDiMA


data privacy / security balance: reflecting on the impact of recent legislation on all players enabling the data-driven economy

  • The revision of the e-Privacy Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    • What are the extra responsibilities placed on communications providers and how should these be addressed? 
    • Testing the effectiveness of the new DP framework on emerging international data-centric business models 
    • Progress with the new Safe Harbour agreement and implications for global cross border data management and platforms
  • How will the NIS Directive affect Digital Services and implications for electronic communications providers?
  • Ann LaFrance, Coordinating Partner, EMEA Communications Law; Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Squire Patton Boggs; Director, International Institute of Communications;

Keynote Speaker:

  • John Frank, Vice President, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft

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Expert Speakers:

  • Rosa Barcelo, Head of Sector, Digital Privacy and Data Protection, DG Connect, European Commission
  • Thomas M Dailey, Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon International
  • Charlotte Holloway, Head of Policy / Associate Director, techUK
  • Joe McNamee, Executive Director, European Digital Rights (EDRi)
13.00 LUNCH


  • Analysing recent merger cases in Europe and beyond; in particular mobile consolidation
    • Is concentration necessary to promote investment? Will it mean more ex ante regulation? 
    • Given greater concentration, is the definition of “SMP” as used in ex ante regulation and the concept of Joint Dominance still appropriate? 
    • Is a new standard for applying ex ante regulation needed?
  • How are spectrum policy and merger control / competition instruments interacting?
    • Is more or less spectrum harmonization needed in the EU?
  • Fixed-mobile convergence and impact on MVNOs


  • Tim Cowen, Partner, Preiskel & Co LLP; Director, International Institute of Communications

Expert Speakers:

  • Agustin Diaz-Pines, Case Handler, DG Competition, European Commission

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  • Geoffrey Myers, Director of Competition Economics, Ofcom, UK
  • Elisabeth Dornetshumer, International Affairs Manager, Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR)

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  •  Dr Markus Wagemann, Head of Telecommunications Department, German Federal Cartel Office


15.45 Closing remarks
16.00 Refreshments and end of Forum

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