Internet Platforms & Non-Discrimination

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Date: 
05/12/2017 - 14:00 to 17:30
Venue: 
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels

Amidst much debate, net neutrality regulation entered into effect in the EU in April 2016, applying to Internet Access Service (IAS) providers.

The concern prompting this regulation is that IAS providers are, due to their termination monopoly, dominant Internet gatekeepers at the infrastructure level. As such, there is the potential for IAS providers to use their market power to distort competition between content providers on one side and access to content and information by consumers on the other side.

However, questions arise as to whether some online platforms are comparable gatekeepers, just at higher levels of the internet value chain. Such gatekeepers could similarly distort competition across areas such as content, search and e-commerce, especially where these services converge or are vertically integrated. In this context, the European Parliament has recently stressed “the need for net neutrality and fair and non-discriminatory access to online platforms as a prerequisite for innovation and a truly competitive market” in its report on platforms and the digital single market.

Consequently, if online platforms control critical digital access points, should they too be subject to some form of non-discrimination regulation? If so, under what conditions and circumstances would non-discrimination obligations apply, and what services would be affected? What would be the potential impact on competition, consumer choice, and on other players in the value chain?

To address these timely questions, CERRE has launched a new research project, combining the latest economic, technical and legal literature on non-discrimination obligations for digital service markets, with discussions between telecommunications operators, digital firms, regulators, European policymakers and other experts.

The eagerly awaited report of this project, and its policy recommendations will be debated at this high-level CERRE Executive Seminar on 5 December.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.

 

13:30

Registration

14:00

Chairman's welcome and introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:10

Keynote speech

14:30

Presentation of the findings of CERRE report
 

Professor Dr. Jan Krämer

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, University of Passau

 
 

Professor Alexandre de Streel

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Namur 

 

15:15
Panel discussion 1: Do we need non-discrimination rules for internet platforms?

16:00

Coffee break
16:20
Panel discussion 2: Are transparency obligations a useful remedy for online platforms?
17:20
Closing remarks
17:30
Cocktail reception
 

Discussants:

Wassim Chourbaji*

‎Vice President & Head, Public Policy & Government Affairs, EMENA,
Qualcomm

 

Stephen Collins*

Chief Policy Officer,
Veon

 

 

Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning*

Chair,
Commissariaat voor de Media

 
 
 

Eric Debroeck*

‎Director, Regulatory Affairs,
Orange France

 

 

Paul-Marie Dessart*

Secretary General,
Orange Belgium

 

 

Dr. Wilhelm Eschweiler

Vice President,
Bundesnetzagentur

 

 

Lisa Felton

Head, Services Regulation, External Affairs,
Vodafone

 

 

Damir Hajduk*

Director,
Agency for Electronic Media, Croatia

 

 

Judith Herzog

Rapporteur,
Conseil National du Numérique, France

 

 

Jan Krancke

Vice President & Head, 'Regulatory Strategy & Economics' Division,
Deutsche Telekom

 

Jakob Kucharczyk

Vice President, Competition & EU Regulatory Policy,
Computer & Communications Industry Addociation (CCIA)

 

 

Roger Loppacher i Crehuet*

President, 
Conseil de l'Audiovisual de Catalunya

 

 

Norbert Maier

Economic Analyst, Chief Economist Team, 
DG Competition, European Commission

 

 

Enrique Medina*

Chief Policy Officer,
Telefónica

 

 

Thomas Myrup*

Managing Director EU Affairs, 
Facebook

 

 

Gina Nieri*

Member of the Board,
Mediaset

 

 

Tim Nuyens

Advisor,
BIPT

 
 

Christoph Schmon*

Senior Legal Officer; Team Leader, Consumer Rights, 
BEUC

 

 

Will Scrimshaw

EU Government Affairs, 
Microsoft

 
 
 

Werner Stengg

Head of Unit 'E-Commerce and Platforms', 
DG Connect, European Commission

 
 

Steven Tas*

Director, Regulatory Affairs, Proximus
Chairman, ETNO

 

 

Julia Topel*

Head, 6th Decision Division,
Bundeskartellamt

 

 

Dr Stephen Unger*

‎Group Director & Board Member,
Ofcom

 

 

* to be confirmed

 

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 14.00-17.30,
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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