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21st June 2022

IIC Italy Chapter Webinar: Regulating Digital Markets – what enforcement challenges for the new rules? (Online)

Chapter event, Virtual Event

21 June 2022
Time: 14:00 – 16:30 CEST

The EU has developed digital policies for more than a decade, yet only recently a comprehensive and clear design is emerging: fundamental cornerstones are being laid with the final approval of the Digital Market Act and the Digital Service Act.

The scope of these rules matches the extension of digital markets and services and thus they touch upon the entire economy and leap into the future. Therefore, the digital legislation package set a new framework, but also has to connect the dots among all existing pieces of legislations and institutional interactions.

The webinar debate aimed to shed some light on some crucial issues related to digital package enforcement, such as (i) the relationship and interactions of the new rules with other horizontal piece of legislation, particularly competition law and data protection, and (ii) the roles and actual vertical interdependencies between the EU and national institutions.

The webinar debate will be introduced by presenting a recently published book about “Regulating Digital Markets”, authored by IIC Italian Chapters members, Antonio Manganelli and Antonio Nicita.

This book is composed of two parts: (i) the Evolution of Digital Markets and Digital Rights, and (ii) Regulating Big Tech’s Impact on Market and Society.


We are delighted to announce that IIC members are invited to speak at this event.

For interested participants, please email before 15 November 2021 with an indication of your preferred discussion panel:

  • Economics, Finance, Labour
  • Society, Culture, Environment
  • Law, Democracy, Institutions

Please kindly note, only successful participants will be notified by the end of November.


Alberto Bacchiega Director Markets and Cases II, DG Competition, European Commission

Bio coming soon …….

Alexandre de Streel (Dr) Professor of EU law, University of Namur and CERRE

Alexandre de Streel is professor of European law at the University of Namur, Hauser Global Fellow at New York University Law School and visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and SciencesPo Paris. Dr de Streel is also academic director at the Brussels think-tank Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), chair of the expert group on the online platform economy advising the European Commission and part-time judge at the Belgian Competition Authority.

His main areas of research are regulation and competition policy in the digital economy as well as the legal issues raised by the developments of artificial intelligence.

Previously, Dr de Streel worked for the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, the Belgian Permanent Representation to the European Union and the European Commission.

Dr de Streel holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute and a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Louvain.

Antonio Manganelli (Dr) Adjunct Professor of Competition Law and Policy, University of Sienna

Dr Antonio Manganelli teaches Regulation and Competition Policy at the University of Siena, Italy, and is managing director of the DEEP-IN Research Network. He has worked for almost 20 years as competition and regulation expert in the telecom, media and digital markets, providing private consultancy, carrying out applied research (e.g., coordinator of the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute) and serving in different public institutions: the Italian telecoms and media Regulatory Authority (AGCOM); the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA); the European Commission at the EU body dealing with Electronic Communications services (BEREC Office).

Dr Manganelli holds a PhD in Law and Economics and an MSc in Political science and Economic Policy.

Antonio Nicita (Prof) Professor of Economic Policy, Lumsa University

Antonio Nicita is a Professor  of Economic Policy at Lumsa University, Italy.

Professor Nicita was previously Commissioner of the Italian regulatory authority (AGCOM) until October 2020.  He has also been Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Siena and Visiting Fulbright Professor at Yale University. From 2005-06 he was a Non- Governmental Adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN) for the report on telecommunications sector. From 2006-07 he was an economic adviser to the Italian Minister of Communications and member of the Governmental Unit for the Improvement of Regulation. He was Economic Adviser for the 2009 OECD Regulatory Report on Italy.

Professor Nicita is a member of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board, European Commission, as well as the Board of Directors of the Italian Society of Law and Economics, European Association of Law and Economics and of the International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE).

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Siena, Italy. His research interests cover industrial organisation, law and economics, competition economics and regulation.

Augusto Preta (Dr) President, IIC Italian Chapter; CEO, ITMedia Consulting

Augusto Preta is a consultant, economist and market analyst, with long-established experience in the field of content media and digital markets. As Founder and CEO at ITMedia Consulting, he has assisted and advised for almost 30 years, public institutions, authorities and major companies in media, telecommunications and the internet industries.

Mr Preta is Member of the SIE (Società Italiana degli Economisti).  He has been a visiting professor on Media Economics at Urbino University, Sassari University e Università Cattolica di Milano for almost 20 years, and has been involved in many research projects, writing influential papers and cooperating with organisations such as: Aspen Institute, European Law and Economics Society, Luigi Einaudi Foundation. He is author of “Economia dei contenuti” (2008) and “TV and relevant markets” (2013). He co-authored with Gerard Pogorel the Fondation Robert Schuman research report  “Convergence in Media and Telecom in face of Covid-19” (2020).

Mr Preta is a member of the IIC Board of Directors and President of the Italian Chapter.


Elisa Giomi (Prof) Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)

Elisa Giomi is an Associate Professor at Roma Tre University, Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, where she teaches Sociology of Media and Communication, Television Narrative, and Advertising. She coordinates the Media and Communication module of the MA in Gender and Political Studies.  Ms Giomi also the MA course in Cultural Leadership Research, a double postgraduate degree programme (University of Groningen and Roma Tre University).

Ms Giomi is the author of more than 50 publications for major Italian and international publishers and for Italian and foreign peer-reviewed journals.

Ms Giomi has coordinated national and international scientific projects aimed at studying the media and identifying good practices in the sector, on behalf of various bodies and institutions including: European Parliament, EJC-European Journalism Center, EIGE-European Institute for Gender Equality.  She has coordinated television content analysis projects on behalf of Italian broadcasters, including monitoring the representation of women in public programming.

Ms Giomi collaborates with the parliamentary commission of enquiry on feminicide, as well as on all forms of gender-based violence; she is a member of the board of the “Gender Studies” Section of the AIS-Italian Association of Sociology and of the magazine “AG. About Gender. International Journal of Gender Studies”.

By decree of the President of the Republic, sMs Giomi was appointed on 15 September 2020 as a member of the Board of Authority for Guarantees in Communications.

She is the Agcom Representative in the Italian Chapter of the IIC International Institute of Communications.

Lynn McDay
Lynn Robinson Director General, International Institute of Communications

Lynn Robinson, Director General, International Institute of Communications (IIC), joined the IIC in March 2020.

Lynn is an experienced senior director and trustee / non exec-director, having held key senior leadership positions in the built environment, technology, regulation, accreditation and dental industries. She has extensive experience of professional membership bodies working within the full spectrum including, Regulatory bodies, Industry bodies and Chambers of Commerce and is a well known and established ambassador in these areas having led on many strategic programmes to aid engagement, growth, retention, change management, stakeholder and political engagement.

As an experienced Trustee / Non-Executive Director as Vice Chair at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol, UK, Lynn is also a Trustee / Non-Executive Director at The Bristol and Bath, UK, Parks Foundation.

On becoming the Director General at the IIC, Lynn said: “I am picking up the baton from an inspiring leader who has enabled the IIC to become the trusted, unique and independent international forum for the last 50 years. I see my role as Director General building on that success of shaping the policy agenda for the telecoms, technology and media sector as we move through the next decade.”

Roberto Viola (Dr) Director General, DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology), European Commission

Roberto Viola is Director-General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.

Dr Viola was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015. He served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was a member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG). He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

From 1985 to 1999 he served in various positions including Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).

Dr Viola holds a Degree in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).



14.00 CET Welcome

Welcome address
Dr Augusto Preta, President, IIC Italian Chapter; CEO, ITMedia Consulting
Lynn Robinson, Director General, International Institute of Communications

Opening Speech
Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology), European Commission


14.30 CET Discussion Panel

Coordination and conclusions:
Professor Antonio Nicita, Professor of Economic Policy, LUMSA University and Member of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board, European Commission

Dr Antonio Manganelli, Professor of Antitrust and Regulation, LUMSA University

Alberto Bacchiega, Director Markets and Cases II, DG Competition, European Commission
Dr Alexandre de Streel, Professor of EU Law, University of Namur
Professor Elisa Giomi, Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)


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