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28th November 2023

IIC Brussels Chapter meeting: A competitive European connectivity market – what’s the future outlook for telecom policy beyond 2024 (in person)

Chapter event

A competitive European connectivity market – what’s the future outlook for telecom policy beyond 2024

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023
12:15 arrival – 15:00

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This meeting will aim to discuss how the importance of creating a regulatory framework that supports innovation in the telecom sector and delivers benefit to consumers has come to the forefront of the EU’s digital agenda during the current mandate of the European Commission. In its consultation on the future of the telecom sector the Commission launched a discussion on technological and market developments. This event enables attendees to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the telecom sector.

Telecom networks serve as a catalyst for the European economy and an important pillar for a digital, prosperous society. With the roll-out of 5G and Gigabit networks, telecom operators are faced with tough investment decisions. At the same time operators are making use of new technologies to increase efficiency and new services on top of their networks. Using AI to make networks more efficient and reducing energy consumption. The sector is also actively looking at new technological developments like NaaS and network slicing to offer new type of services.

At the same time, geopolitical developments are also impacting the sector. Security of networks have come to the forefront due to recent events like COVID-19 and the North Stream 2 accident. Resilient and secure connectivity is key for the European economy and competitiveness. Ensuring a functional supply chain is also part of this. This poses new questions about collaboration between the private sector and public authorities to ensure Europe stays connected.


Registration Fees for delegates

Tuesday 28 November 2023
IIC Brussels Chapter

IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – £25 GBP (excluding VAT *) 
*VAT will be applicable for UK registrations only

If you feel the delegate fee may be a barrier to attending this event, please contact us at




Lea Pavlovic Policy Manager for Space and Spectrum, Access Partnership

Lea is a Policy Manager for Space and Spectrum at Access Partnership where she focuses on business development, policy & regulatory affairs and helping companies implement strategies for success. Lea was previously founder and head of the APCO Worldwide Space Practice. She specialises in European space policy and has experience in defence, security, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies as related to the space sector. Lea is also the Vice Chair for the Security, Defence and Space Committee at AmCham EU.


Manuel Kohnstamm Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Liberty Global

Manuel Kohnstamm is Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Liberty Global. He is responsible for developing and implementing Liberty Global’s regulatory strategy, public policy, government affairs and corporate communications. Mr Kohnstamm is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on Liberty Global’s Executive Leadership Team and the Regulatory Committee.

Mr Kohnstamm joined the Europe operations of Liberty Global’s predecessor in September 1999 and held several positions in corporate affairs, public policy, and communications. He was appointed to his current position in January 2012. From 1992 until he joined Liberty Global, Mr Kohnstamm worked at Time Warner Inc., most recently as Vice President of Public Affairs in Brussels for its subsidiaries Time Inc., Warner Bros., and Turner Broadcasting. Prior to joining Time Warner, Mr Kohnstamm worked with the consulting group European Research Associates in Brussels where he conducted macro-economic and policy studies on the telecommunications and defense industries.

Mr Kohnstamm is a member of VodafoneZiggo’s Supervisory Board as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Global’s subsidiary Telenet Group Holding NV, a Liberty Global subsidiary and a Belgian public limited liability company.

Mr Kohnstamm is Co-chair of GIGAEurope, an industry association bringing together independent private telecoms companies. In addition, Mr Kohnstamm is a trustee of the non-profit organisation Street Child, a charitable organisation focused on improving the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the world.

Mr Kohnstamm graduated in Political Science and holds a Doctorandus Degree in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam. He also holds a Postgraduate Degree in International relations from the Clingendael Diplomat School in The Hague, and successfully completed the Cable Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School, Boston (MA).

Matúš Huba Data Privacy Advisor, McDermott Will & Emery

Matúš Huba works as an advisor at McDermott Will & Emery. He advises multinational companies on a broad range of privacy and cybersecurity issues across a number of sectors, including tech, life sciences/pharma, e-commerce, and automotive.  His practice focuses on helping clients balance complex legal requirements with their business needs, with a particular focus on AI/machine learning implementation, ICT and IoT compliance, data breach management and regulator engagement, and tailored global data transfer solutions.  Matúš helps clients design data utilization strategies to leverage data in a compliant way, and employ EU/UK direct marketing, online tracking technologies and programmatic/RTB advertising campaigns.  He supported a development of numerous global privacy compliance programs, providing actionable advice on how to harmonize requirements across multiple international jurisdictions.

Michel Van Bellinghen Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Michel Van Bellinghen, Master of Laws (UCL), started off at the university in 1990 as a researcher, then became an assistant under the supervision of Professor Françoise Tulkens, at the UCL Laws Centre for Criminal Law.

Mr Van Bellinghen became an assistant advisor at the Ministry of Justice in 1992 under the supervision of Professor Marc Bossuyt and joined the BIPT in 1997. From 1999 to 2003 he held the position of expert at the private office of Rik Daems, who was the Federal Telecommunications Minister at the time, and afterwards took up the function of Assistant Head of the Private Office. From 2003 until 2009 he was nominated Member of the BIPT Council for the first time. Following this mandate he remained closely affiliated to the Council and supervised the legal department of the regulator during a number of years. He has written scientific publications.

In 2013 Mr Van Bellinghen held a position on the Council as a Member. In January 2017 he was assigned Chairman of the BIPT Council.

Mr Van Bellinghen served as Chair of BEREC in 2021.




Peter Stuckmann Head of Unit - Electronic Communications Policy, Implementation and Enforcement, European Commission

Peter is Head of Unit in DG CONNECT, where he is overseeing the EU telecoms policy and legal framework. The portfolio includes the European Electronic Communications Code, the Open Internet Regulation, the BEREC Regulation, and the Gigabit Infrastructure Act.

Before taking up the current position in 2023, he has been Head of Unit and Deputy Director for Future Networks, a portfolio that includes future connectivity, cloud and software, Internet policy and governance as well as the Internet of Things.

Between 2021 and 2023 he has been Interim Executive Director setting up and running the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking implementing funding programmes for 6G research and supporting 5G roll-out.

Before his appointment to Head of Unit he was Head of Sector “Spectrum Policy”, was coordinating the 2015 Digital Single Market Strategy, the 2012 Roaming Regulation, and the EU R&D programme leading to the 4G mobile communications standards.

Before joining the European Commission in 2004 he has occupied several engineering and management positions in industry, academia and start-ups. He holds engineering and doctoral degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and is author of the text book “The GSM Evolution” (Wiley 2003).



Tuesday 28 March 2023

12:15 - 12:30 Arrival & Registration
12-30 - 13:00 A light lunch will be served
13:00 - 14:30 Session
14:30 - 15:00 Refreshments and Networking
Download the agenda (PDF)
Event details
28th November 2023
Brussels, Belgium
McDermott Will & Emery
Avenue des Nerviens 9-31
1040 Brussels

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