Neutrality obligations in the digital value chain – challenges & recommendations

24/10/2019 - 14:00 to 17:00
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels

This Executive Seminar will present and debate the findings of a new CERRE research project on 'Remedying intermediation bias by vertically integrated digital platforms’. 

The past 5 years have seen a growing interest amongst European policy-makers in the concept of ‘platform neutrality’. Consumers face an abundance of choices in today’s digital world. Platforms perform a function of intermediary in filtering and organising these options for consumers.

Users’ attention is a scarce good and concerns about the capacity of digital platforms to direct a consumer’s attention towards some businesses and away from others have increased, especially for vertically integrated platforms.

Can digital vertical integration be compatible with ‘neutrality’?

Biased intermediation is expected to become an ever greater concern as a consumer’s attention is likely to become even scarcer, and hence more valuable, in future. This report examines the challenges of designing and implementing remedies to address certain form of discrimination or ‘intermediation bias’ by vertically integrated digital platforms.

Join key actors from the digital sector, including representatives of platforms, telecom operators, regulatory authorities, policy-makers and academic experts, for an afternoon of stimulating discussions.



Free for CERRE members and CERRE academics
Free for representatives from EU Institutions and from Governments
Fee for non-CERRE members and non-CERRE academics


Registration & welcome coffee


Welcome and introduction 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



Keynote address

To be announced soon


Part 1 | Structural vs. behavioral remedies for ensuring a level playing field in platform markets 

Richard Feasey

Research Fellow, CERRE
Lecturer, University College London



Jan Krämer

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Passau


Reactions followed by a moderated discussion
Coffee break
Part 2 | The role of experimentation in designing and monitoring the implementation of remedies (presentation followed by a moderated discussion) 
Cocktail reception



Nicholas Banasevic

Head of Unit, Antitrust: IT, Internet, and Consumer Electronics,
DG COMP, European Commission



Frederick De Backer

Manager, Regulatory Affairs,



Werner Stengg

Head of Unit, E-Commerce & Online Platforms,
DG Connect, European Commission












 *** additional speakers will be confirmed soon***

Thursday 24 October 2019, 14.00-17.00,
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 rue Félix Hap, 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