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25th November 2019

Spectrum Management, 5G and Emissions – Challenges and Opportunities under the EECC

Chapter event

Hosted By Squire Patton Boggs

As we reflect upon its first 50 years, the IIC has always provided an important platform to compare and discuss policy approaches to communications and content in countries around the world. We wanted to go one step further and make good use of our national chapters to ‘compare notes’ and share perspectives, ideas and future-looking suggestions. The Europe Chapter is an initiative of the three IIC chapters based in Europe – Brussels, Italy and the UK – that have joined forces to discuss key issues arising from the transposition and implementation of the new EU Electronic Communications Code (EECC). A report on the first of these meetings which took place earlier this year in Rome can be found here.

This second meeting of the IIC Europe Chapter, which was presented in the format of a workshop, included speakers from the European Commission, Vodafone, RSPG and BIPT.

IIC Europe Chapter Summary Report Brussels November 2019

When we met in Rome earlier this year (see here), 5G was already front and centre of the discussion on the most debated aspects of the EECC – from very high capacity networks to spectrum management. As one of the most critical building blocks of our digital economy in the next decade, we felt that 5G deserved a deep-dive on its own in our second meeting in Brussels.



Anthony Whelan Director of Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG Connect, European Commission

Anthony Whelan is Director for Electronic Communications Networks & Services at the European Commission since 2013. Directorate B is in charge of designing and monitoring a legally predictable (regulatory) environment for electronic communications in the EU. As the basis for the Digital Single Market, this environment should foster a pro-competitive single market for the roll-out of high-speed internet networks and the delivery of electronic communications services. This will be an essential contribution to boost innovation, growth and jobs in Europe.

Anthony Whelan, a barrister, has lectured and researched in public law at Trinity College Dublin and has worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Justice and in the Legal Service of the European Commission. Between 2006 and 2013, he was head of the cabinet (private office) of EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes in the competition and digital agenda portfolios.

Ben Wreschner Acting Regulatory and Policy Development Director, Vodafone Group

Ben Wreschner joined Vodafone in February 2011 and is the acting Public Policy Director for the Vodafone Group. Prior to joining Vodafone Mr Wreschner qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999 and then joined the PwC telecoms consulting practice. In 2009 Ben joined Ovum’s regulatory consulting practice. Mr Wreschner is an expert in regulatory strategy, market analysis, regulated pricing, cost modelling and regulatory accounting overseeing Vodafone’s work in this field across all its territories and having previously advised operators and regulators on such matters in over 25 different countries. He has worked extensively in the Brussels policy environment representing Vodafone at key meetings with policy makers (European Commission, European Parliament, European Council, BEREC) and industry bodies (GSMA, ECTA).

Mr Wreschner passed the Certified Financial Analyst exams (CFA) in 2003. He holds a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.

Jonas Wessel Director, Resource Management Department, Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS)

Jonas Wessel is Director of the Resource Management Department at the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). He is also Chair of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) for the 2018-2019 period. The RSPG is a high-level advisory group that assists the European Commission in the development of radio spectrum policy. JMr Wessel holds a MSC from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Industrial Engineering and Management. He started his professional career as a strategy consultant, working mainly with business development in the telecoms and IT-sector.

In 2003, Mr Jonas joined the PTS as advisor on radio spectrum policy issues. After several positions within the Agency, including responsibility for auctions, he was assigned Director of the Spectrum Department in 2014. Jonas has been one of the driving forces behind the transformation of spectrum management in Sweden and has also been working with these issues internationally, mainly through the RSPG where he has been a delegate since 2004. He was Vice Chairman of the RSPG for the 2016-2017 period.

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

Michel Van Bellinghen became Chairman of the BIPT Council in January 2017, having been a Member of the Council twice (from 2003-2009 and then again in 2013).

Mr Van Bellinghen began his career as a researcher at the UCL university in 1990, then became an assistant under the supervision of Professor Françoise Tulkens, at the UCL Laws Centre for Criminal Law. He went on to become an assistant advisor at the Ministry of Justice in 1992, joining 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. After his first tenure as Member of the BIPT Council (2003- 2009) he supervised the legal department until being elected as a Member again in 2013.

Mr Van Bellinghen has written several scientific publications. He has a Master of Laws from UCL.

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25th November 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Avenue Lloyd George 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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