Sledgehammer or scalpel? Regulating online platforms & communications networks in the EU

Bird & Bird will host our annual Regulatory & Public Affairs seminar at our Brussels office on Tuesday 3 December.

To mark the start of a new five-year EU regulatory cycle, this seminar aims to gather representatives of the European institutions, industry leaders and other stakeholders to debate highly topical issues around the future legislative framework for online platforms and communications networks in Europe.

The seminar will open with a keynote speech by a senior representative of the European Commission outlining plans and expectations for the digital work programme of the new College of Commissioners. This will be followed by two dedicated panel discussions. There will be time available for the audience to ask questions at the end of each panel. The event will finish with a networking lunch offered to all participants.

NB: Participation to the event is free of charge, but advance registration is required.

Please register here > 

9:00 - 9:30

Registration, coffee & networking

9:30 - 9:40


Marjolein Geus, Partner, Head of Regulatory & Public Affairs practice,Bird & Bird LLP

9:40 - 10:00


Marcel Boulogne, Head of Sector ‘Observatory on the Online Platform Economy’ in European Commission

 10:00 - 11:00

Panel debate
Digital Services Act: setting a global standard?

  • Andrus Ansip, Member of the European Parliament and former European Commission Vice-President
  • Ross Biggam, Vice President Government Affairs EMEA, Discovery Communications Europe
  • Elizabeth Crossick, Head of Government Relations EU, RELX Group
  • Lorelien Hoet, Government Affairs Director EU, Microsoft
  • Justine Treadwell, Head of Unit for Digital, Data and Industry at U.S. Mission to the EU

Moderated by Francine Cunningham, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Bird & Bird (Brussels)

 11:10 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 -12:55

Panel debate

Get connected faster: implementing the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC)

  • Mark De Zutter, Head of Public Affairs Media & Telecom, Proximus Group
  • Po-Wen Liu, Senior Economist, European Investment Bank 
  • Ralf Nigge, Head of EU Regulatory Policy, Deutsche Telekom
  • Anthony Rosen, Legal Director, Bird & Bird (London)
  • Christof Sommerberg, Director Regulation and Public Affairs, Deutsche Glasfaser

Moderated by Marianne Minnecré, Principal Regulatory Counsel, Bird & Bird (The Hague)

12:55 - 13:00

Closing remarks

13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

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