8th BEREC Stakeholder Forum will take place on 19th October 2020


8th BEREC Stakeholder Forum will take place on 19th October 2020

On 19 October 14:00 (CEST), BEREC will hold its annual Stakeholder Forum to exchange ideas with stakeholders on the BEREC work and plans, as well as to discuss topics relevant to the telecommunications market.

The Forum will be kicked-off with the introductory remarks by the European Commissioner for Internal market - Thierry Breton. Among others, his responsibilities lie within leading the work of a new Digital Services Act for the reinforcement of the European Single Market for digital services, to clarify obligations of online platforms and, give smaller businesses legal clarity and a level playing field.

Michel Van Bellinghen, the incoming Chair of BEREC, will introduce the Work Programme for the upcoming year, whilst the current BEREC Chair Dan Sjoblom, along with the future perspectives, will elaborate on the perspectives of the telecommunications in handling the COVID-19 crisis.

The first part of the event will wrap-up with the questions and answers session. The moderator Philippe Defraigne (Cullen International) will facilitate stakeholders’ engagement with the BEREC Chairs, by taking on board both any sent-in as well as live questions.

Earlier this year, BEREC has already outlined the main topic of the Stakeholder Forum, namely - regulation of digital platforms. Focusing on the regulatory issues and collaboration between regulators, the Global Competition of Law and Policy professor at the G. Washington University Law School William E. Kovacic will give a keynote speech. The discussion on the regulation of digital platforms will follow with the distinguished speakers - Ursula Pachl (BEUC),  Benedikt Blomeyer (Allied for Startups), Kay Jebelli  (CCIA Europe), Luc Hindryckx (ECTA) and Lise Fuhr (ETNO). Matthew Newman (Mlex) will moderate the panel discussion. The closing remarks on the regulation of digital platforms will be presented by Roberto Viola, General-Director of the DG CONNECT, EC. 

Important: BEREC's annual Stakeholder Forum will take place online and will be live-streamed. This format allows the event participants to connect from all across the globe and have real-time interaction with the speakers via the live Q&A chat-box. The live-streaming window, together with the chat window, will be available on the BEREC website. The live-streaming and chat-box link will be available approximately 10-15 min before the event - on the BEREC website, under the "Latest News" with the title: "8th BEREC Stakeholder Forum. LIVE, click to watch! The registration is already open; fill it in below.

The previously announced "Meet and Greet" session with the BEREC Working Group Co-chairs is postponed until it will be possible to meet physically without restrictions.

You can register here

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