LiveStream on 16 June:
I-Com and PromethEUs are organizing the digital conference “TOWARDS A NEW EUROPEAN DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT. Preparing for DSA and DMA revolution”.
The discussion will deal with the key challenges and policy issues in the digital services and digital market under the new EU digital legislative framework for markets, competition, and businesses.
As part of its European Digital Strategy Shaping Europe’s Digital Future, the European Commission published a package of two legislative initiatives, the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Specifically, the DSA amends the E-commerce Directive to ensure the best conditions for the provision of innovative digital services in the internal market, to contribute to online safety and the protection of fundamental rights (above all, freedom of expression and information) and to establish a sound and sustainable governance model for the supervision of intermediary service providers. The DMA, on the other hand, aims to ensure contestability of digital markets, a fair B2B relationship between market gatekeepers and their users and strengthen the internal market by providing harmonised rules across the Union.
As the debate on these topics has recently intensified within the European Institutions and the national capitals, PromethEUs will provide a forum for high-level representatives from EU and national institutions, research and business organisations, trade and consumer associations and other relevant stakeholders, in order to take stock of the Commission Digital Strategy. Furthermore, during the event PromethEUs will launch its new paper on DSA and DMA.
The digital conference will be divided into two separate panels, respectively dealing with the economic impact and the geopolitical impact of the new EU digital legislative framework for markets, competition, and businesses.
Please, find attached PromethEUs paper on the topic and our Final Agenda.
Robert D. ATKINSON
Robert D. ATKINSON, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
Robert is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He is an internationally recognized scholar and a widely published author. He also has conducted groundbreaking research projects and authored hundreds of articles and reports on technology and innovation-related topics ranging from tax policy to advanced manufacturing, productivity, and global competitiveness. Atkinson is a member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age and serves on the boards or advisory councils of the Internet Education Foundation, the NetChoice Coalition, the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Innovation, and the State Science and Technology Institute. Additionally, Atkinson is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Electronic Government and the Journal of Internet Policy; a member of the Global Innovation Forum Brain Trust; a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; a fellow at the Columbia University Institute of Tele-Information; a fellow of Glocom, a Tokyo-based research institute; and a member of the Polaris Council, an advisory group to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team. Atkinson was previously vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute, where he directed the Technology & New Economy Project. He wrote numerous research reports on technology and innovation policy, covering issues such as broadband telecommunications, e-commerce, e-government, privacy, copyright, R&D tax policy, offshoring, and innovation economics.Atkinson holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was awarded the prestigious Joseph E. Pogue Fellowship. He earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Oregon, which named him a distinguished alumnus in 2014.
Ricardo CASTANHEIRA, Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU
Ricardo Castanheira is, since 2017, the Digital Counselor Coordinator at the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union (REPER), in Brussels.
Previously, he was General Manager at Motion Picture Association – Latin America (2013-2017), which represents institutionally the biggest studios in the world: Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Universal, Paramount and recently Netflix.
Ricardo Castanheira was also the Director of Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Brazil, from 2011 to 2013; Legal and Corporate Affairs Lead at Microsoft Portugal, from 2007 to 2011; CEO of FDTI (Foundation for the Promotion of Information Technologies), in Lisbon, between 2005 and 2007. For many years he practiced law as a main partner of CAPA – Law Firm, in Coimbra.
Between 1995 and 2002, he was the youngest MP in the Portuguese Parliament, elected for Coimbra. He was also a Member of the NATO Assembly (1999/2002) and a petitioner of the “Committee of the 24” at the United Nations, in NY. He actively intervened in diverse entities such as ABPI (Brazilian Association of the Intellectual Property) and the Federation of the Portuguese Trade Chambers in Brazil. He´s graduated in Law (1997) by the University of Coimbra and he holds diverse additional post-graduations: on Negotiation by the University of Harvard – John F. Kennedy School of Government (Boston); on Communication Management by Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV/Brazil); an Advanced Management Program (AMP) by Instituto de Empresa – Business School (Madrid) and a Mini – MBA by INDEG Business School (Lisbon).
Christian RUSCHE, Senior Economist, Research Unit Digitalization, Structural Change and Competition, German Economic Institute (IW)
Christian Rusche was born 1984 in Sangerhausen, Germany. He studied Economics in Magdeburg and obtained a Diploma in 2010. Afterwards he worked as a research assistant at the chair of Microeconomics at the Technical University of Dortmund where he obtained a PhD in Economics in 2015. Since 2016 he has been an economist in the `Digitalization, Structural Change and Competition´ research unit at the German Economic Institute (IW). His research focuses on competition effects of digitalization with a special focus on data and the impact of digital platforms. Further research topics are Industry 4.0, structural change as well as competition law and digitalization.
Pilar del CASTILLO VERA
Pilar del CASTILLO VERA, MEP, Chair of the European Internet Forum (EIF)
Pilar del Castillo is a Member of the European Parliament from Spain. Former Minister of Education, Culture and Sport from 2000 to 2004, Dr. del Castillo was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004. She belongs to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), in which she served as Coordinator of the EPP group during the last term. She has been the rapporteur of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation; the Directive on Security of Networks and Information Systems for the ITRE committee; the Regulation on the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications’ (BEREC); the report on Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe and the Report “A Digital Agenda for Europe: 2015.eu, to name just a few examples. She is member of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Brazil. She belonged to the Delegation for relations with India between 2009 and 2014, and to the Delegation for relations with China between 2004 and 2009. Del Castillo is the Chair of the European Internet Foundation and member of the European Energy Forum and of the Transatlantic Policy Network. She is Member of the Boards of Trustees of the Prado Museum and the Spanish Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES). Del Castillo is Professor in Political Science and Administration. She obtained a PhD in Law from Universidad Complutense. Before, she had attended Ohio State University on a Fulbright scholarship, graduating with a Master’s degree in Political Science. She was the Executive President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Sociology Research Centre) from 1996 to 2000. She is the author of numerous publications and member of various national and international political science and sociology associations.
Michael KOENIG, Special Advisor on the DMA, European Commission DG CNECT
Dr. Michael KÖNIG is Deputy Head of Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the unit dealing with business-to-business services. He is primarily responsible for B2B relations regarding online platforms and negotiated the recently adopted Regulation on fairness in platform-to-business relations. Mr König joined the European Commission in 2001 in the Directorate-General for Competition. His assignments included a position as advisor to Directorate-General’s top management and a secondment to the OECD, before he joined the Internal Market Directorate-General in 2008. There he held positions in various policy areas including intellectual property, financial services and public procurement. Before joining the Commission, Mr. König worked for several years in the German Competition Authority and an international law firm. Mr. König graduated in Law and Economics, and holds a PhD degree in Competition Law.
Stefano DA EMPOLI,
Stefano DA EMPOLI, President, I-Com – the Institute for Competitiveness
Stefano is the president and principal policy analyst at I-Com, the Institute for Competitiveness, a think tank based in Rome and Brussels which he founded in 2005. He currently teaches political economy and economic policy at the Roma Tre University, in Rome. Stefano is a graduate of the Coripe Consortium for Research and Continuing Education in Economics (Piemonte, Italy), where he received a Masters Degree in Economics, and the George Mason University (Virginia, USA) where he obtained his MA (Economics). Stefano has served in key advisory or expert positions on a number of task forces or scientific boards, including: Vice President of the Health City Institute; Scientific Director of the La Scossa Association; Board member of the European Foundation EYPROM; Expert Member of the Eurelectric Task Force on Investment; Expert Member of the Technical Secretariat for the Protection of Nature in the Italian Ministry of the Environment; Director at the Observatory on Energy Policy of the Einaudi Foundation. He has authored numerous publications on economic themes, particularly with regard to policy and regulation of the energy market and infrastructural services and the governance of the institutions, and his opinions and analysis has featured in major Italian newspapers including Il Foglio, il Sole24 Ore, Huffington Post Italia and more. Stefano has also undertaken study and consultancy assignments for Italian and international public institutions, including the Senate of the Republic, the Department for EU policies, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the OECD, leading companies and non-profit organizations.
Aggelos TSAKANIKAS, Scientific Advisor, IOBE
Aggelos Tsakanikas is a Research Fellow, heading the Entrepreneurship Observatory, at the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (FEIR/IOBE), the leading private think tank for economic research in Greece. He is also an Associate Professor, Director at the Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics (LIEE), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in the field of Economic Evaluation of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Systems. His main research interests and most of his published work are in the area of firms’ technology strategy, business strategy, innovation economics, entrepreneurship and related public policies. In the context of his research activity has been involved with numerous sectoral studies, studies on entrepreneurship and competitiveness, as well as studies on information society. He has also participated in various European projects in the area of innovation studies, socioeconomics research and information society. He teaches at the business administration postgraduate programme “Athens MBA” and he is a member of the Greek team that participates in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook. He has served as Vice chairman of the Hellenic Industrial Property organization (Greek Patent Office) from 2017 to 2019.
Anna CAVAZZINI, MEP, Chair IMCO Committee
Anna Cavazzini is a German member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA group. She represents constituencies in Saxony and Saxony-anhalt, neighbouring the Polish and Czech borders. In the Parliament, she works in the International Trade Committee, and chairs the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. She is the vice chair of the Parliament’s Brazil delegation, and has a specific interest in Central and Latin America. She co-leads the German Green delegation. Anna focuses on changing trade policy to make it fair and sustainable; including by ensuring that trade agreements are fully compatible with the Greens Deal and its aims. She also works to build a circular economy within and beyond the EU. Before being elected, Anna worked at the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals, in the German Foreign Ministry and in several NGOs. She holds degrees in European Studies and International Relations.
Pablo ARIAS ECHEVERRÍA
Pablo ARIAS ECHEVERRÍA, MEP, Member IMCO Committee
Born in Madrid, Mr. Arias is Member of the European Parliament since 2019 in the 9th legislature and previously between 2009 and 2014 in the 7th legislature. His career in Brussels began in 2000, when he was assistant to Alejandro Agag, Secretary General of the Christian Democratic International in Brussels at that time. Between 2002 and 2004, he was assistant to Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and later served as chief of cabinet of former Prime Minister Aznar. Currently, Mr. Arias is serving on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Transport and Tourism. He is also part of the European parliament’s Delegation for relations with the United States. Mr. Arias is highly engaged in promoting a safe and fair digital ecosystem in the European Union. In this context, he is Chair of the EPP Working Group on the DSA and DMA. Mr. Arias has followed the courses of the Superior School of Marketing and Management in ESEM, International School of Business Management (Madrid) and a Master in Business Administration and Management (ESEM). He also completed a Leadership Program for Public Management at IESE (Madrid).
Brando BENIFEI, MEP, Member IMCO Committee
Brando Benifei, is from La Spezia, Italy, and is the Head of Delegation of the Italian S&D MEPs. His main areas of work are Internal Market and Consumers Protection, Employment and Social Affairs, and Constitutional Affairs. He is active on youth policies, digitalisation and rights of persons with disabilities. In the previous term, he was responsible for the European Solidarity Corps, for the Post-Arab Spring in the MENA region and for key reports on the social inclusion and integration of refugees into the EU labour market, as well as youth employment policy such as the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative. He was also co-chair of the Youth Intergroup and vice-chair of the Disability Intergroup. In 2018, he received the MEP Award for his work on Employment and Social Affairs issues. In 2016, Forbes included him in its annual 30 under-30 most influential in EU Politics list.
Benedikt BLOMEYER, Director for EU Policy, Allied For Startups
As Director of EU Policy at Allied for Startups, Benedikt engages with policy files ranging from AI to online platform regulation. He is particularly interested in shaping a fact-based discussion on the possibilities of innovation and technology, after having worked on the Digital Single Market in the last years. Prior to joining AFS he worked for a Small Business Alliance and Deutsche Welle and completed a traineeship at the Council of Europe. Benedikt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History from Jacobs University Bremen and a Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Els BRUGGEMAN, Head of Policy and Enforcement, Euroconsumers
Els Bruggeman is Head Policy and Enforcement at Euroconsumers, a leading consumer cluster that gathers five national consumer organisations: Test Achats (Belgium), Altroconsumo (Italy), OCU (Spain), Deco Proteste (Porugal) and Proteste (Brazil). Together they represent almost one and a half million consumers. Els is responsible for the coordination of all policy related issues and the joint enforcement cases, e.g. the class actions against Volkswagen (Dieselgate) and Apple (premature obsolescence). Els joined the consumer movement in 2014 when she started working as EU Public Affairs advisor for the Belgian consumer organisation Test Achats/Test Aankoop. Before she was active for more than 10 years in the political world, both as policy advisor and spokesperson i.a. for the Belgian minister of consumer protection. Els Bruggeman has master degrees in both History and Law, and advanced masters in International Politics and Conflict & Development Studies. She represents Test Achats at the Executive Board of BEUC (European consumer organisation) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD).
Lina KONSTANTINOPOULOU, Policy Director, Eurochambres
Since April Ms. Konstantinopoulou works as policy director at Eurochambres. Prior to that, Lina was the Secretary General of the International Not for Profit Organisation EuroRAP, European Road Assessment Association. Previously, she worked for more than 10 years in senior management positions at the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and ERTICO – ITS Europe. She has been involved in the management of various multi-stakeholder platforms and policy and communication activities as well as managed a wide range of European ICT research projects. Mrs Konstantinopoulou holds a certificate on Artificial Intelligence by MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) with accompanied Bachelor Studies in European Economics and Masters in International Trade and European Integration.
Marlène MELPIGNANO, Legal Officer, Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU
Marlène Melpignano, officer at the Autorita’ Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (the Italian Competition Authority) since 2008, is currently seconded to the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, where, among others, she deals with the negotiations on the Digital Markets Act and the Proposal on Foreign subsidies distorting the internal market. Ms Melpignano was previously a seconded national expert to the European Commission (DG JUST), where she was responsible for the Evaluation process of the Consumer Rights Directive (CRD) and for the CRD Report to the Council and Parliament, and member of the task force for the Impact assessment for ‘A New Deal for Consumers’ and for the subsequent legislative Proposal. Prior to that, Ms Melpignano served as a seconded expert to the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (2013-2015), being a member of the Competition Working group in charge of drafting 2015 Annual Competition Law. In 2006-2007 she also served as temporary agent at the European Court of Justice, under the Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi.
Christian BORGGREEN, Vice President, Computer and Communication Industry Association (CCIA)
Christian Borggreen is Vice President and Head of the Brussels office of the Computer & Communications Industry Association. He leads CCIA’s work on a wide range of EU and international policy issues including international trade, data flows, and Internet governance. Mr Borggreen also leads CCIA’s engagement with international institutions such as the WTO, ITU, IGF and the OECD. Before joining CCIA in August 2014, Mr. Borggreen served since 2010 as Policy Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the EU. In his role for the U.S. Department of State, he managed and advised senior U.S. decision makers on digital policy issues. He played a key role in securing transatlantic alignment on Internet governance and in promoting interoperability in the areas of data privacy and online commerce. From 2008 to 2010 he managed the advocacy on digital economy policy advocacy for the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. Prior to that, he worked for the United Nations in New York and Santiago de Chile, in the area of digital and economic development. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration comprising university studies in the United States, Argentina, Italy, and Denmark.Mr. Borggreen is fluent in English, Danish and French and conversant in Spanish, Italian, and German.