Neutrality obligations in the digital value chain – challenges & recommendations

Date: 
24/10/2019 - 14:00 to 17:00
Venue: 
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 'Implementing effective remedies for anti-competitive intermediation bias on vertically integrated 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. 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

13:30

Registration & welcome coffee

14:00

Welcome and introduction 
 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:10

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

Richard Feasey

Research Fellow, CERRE
Lecturer, University College London

 

14:35
Reaction from the EC followed by a moderated discussion
 

Brice Allibert

Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust: Information Industries, Consumer Electronics & Internet,
DG Comp, European Commission

 

15:35
Coffee break
15:50
Part 2 | The role of experimentation in designing and monitoring the implementation of remedies 
 

Jan Krämer

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Passau

 

16:00
Reaction from the EC followed by a moderated discussion
 

Werner Stengg

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

 

16:55
Conclusions
17:00
Cocktail reception

Discussants

 

Lorelien Hoet

Director, EU Government Affairs,
Microsoft

 

 

Johan Keetelaar

Director, Public Policy,
Facebook

 

 

Eduardo Lanza

Senior Manager, EU Affairs,
Telefónica

 

 

Anaïs Le Gouguec

Head, Economic Analysis & Digital Intelligence Unit,
Arcep

 

 

Antonio Nicita

Member of the Board,
Agcom

 

 

Alexandre de Streel

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor of EU Law, University of Namur

 

 

Tania Van den Brande

Director, Economics, 
Ofcom

 

 

Alexis Walckiers

Chief Economist, 
Belgian Competition Authority

 

 

 

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 info@cerre.eu


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