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[EN] SAVE THE DATE | Can Europe combine flexibility, sustainability and innovation when regulating the platform economy? (December 6)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Monday, 6th of December 2021 at 17.00.

The event will consist of an afternoon session on the question of whether Europe can combine flexibility, sustainability and innovation when regulating the platform economy.

Although speakers and event details will be announced in the coming days, we are publishing this event now to make sure you save the date.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming.

This is a public event, hence the Chatham House Rule will not apply

This event is organised in partnership with

About the debate

The world of work was already in the process of changing before the Corona crisis erupted. It is not by chance that there is a consensus on the fact that technological advancement has driven important transformations and generated several economic and societal changes, along with demographic evolution occurring in Europe. As a result of these processes, the platform economy has been often at the centre of the public debate on the digital transformation of the economy and society in the old continent, as the EU social market economy aims to combine sustainability and economic growth. In more general terms, the European economic and social system aims at fostering a unique idea of development which, in the words of the European Commission, has been defined as « sustainable competitiveness ».

Meanwhile, the platform economy had a significant impact in creating new opportunities for workers, self-employed, customers and businesses alike, while citizens are increasingly engaging in independent forms of work that can combine time flexibility, earning opportunities and the possibility of self-organising their personal life. As a result, several European policymakers and unions have challenged the so-called « gig economy » and have asked for a reclassification of independent platform workers. Indeed, as highlighted by the OECD, « one issue which has received public policy and legal attention in recent years is the correct classification of platform workers » as « platform work is one type of work that blurs the line between dependent and self-employment ».

Following social partners and stakeholder consultations, as well as a non-legislative own-initiative report from the European Parliament, the European Commission has nearly completed the process of finalising a legislative proposal which will be released on December 8 with the objective of improving the working conditions of platform workers, with special regard to the question of access to social protection. In fact, the Corona crisis has exacerbated the gaps in social protection systems, making platform work fit for the 21st century’s social standards became a priority for the EU and highlighting that it is of paramount importance that platform workers are protected, supported and able to exercise their rights without risking their independence or an adequate social safety net.

Within this context, a recent study by Copenhagen Economics revealed that there is however a risk that the policy shifts would imply a move from a flexible work model towards an inflexible work model. In addition, the study finds that the majority of platform workers actively seek flexible work as « flexibility is the main reason for working ». This result is also due to the fact that platform workers still represent a minority of the overall European workforce, although one that throws an important spotlight on the impact of technological progress.

For these reasons the discussion around the upcoming legislative proposal on platform workers plays an important role in clarifying the set-up of a legal framework that balances flexibility and additional protections for platform workers, while sending the signal that the European social model is compatible with innovation, sustainable growth, as well as with current and future trends of EU economy and society.

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will last until about 18.30.

The discussion will be held in streaming.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #GigEconomy

#FutureOfWork

#PlatformEconomy

#SocialEurope

We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 6th of December

 

[EN] SAVE THE DATE | Digital Markets Act Trilogue Negotiations: Protecting the consumer interest (December 15)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held Wednesday, 15th of December 2021 at 17.00.

The event will consist of an afternoon session ahead of the trilogue negotiations of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) on the question of protecting the interest of European consumers.

Although speakers and event details will be announced in the coming days, we are publishing this event now to make sure you save the date.

This event will be held online.

This is a public event, hence the Chatham House Rule will not apply

This event is organised in collaboration with

CCIA Europe.

 

About the debate

There is widespread agreement on the fact that online platforms play a prominent role in creating economic value for consumers and businesses. Increasingly, their economic and social influence, and the appropriate scope of Government intervention, has been at the centre of the European public debate.

Within this context, the Digital Market Act (DMA) proposal was put forward, against which the positions of the European Parliament’s competent Committee and the « general approach » of the Council were recently adopted. The specific aim of teh DMA is to regulate the activities of large online platforms – such as operating systems, cloud services, search engines, social networking services and marketplaces. These new EU-wide rules will constrain the market power of the largest platforms, rebalance the relationship between these platforms and their business users, and promote contestability and fairness.

To achieve its objectives, the Digital Markets Act will impose a series of ex-ante obligations and prohibitions on any firm designated as a ‘gatekeeper’. These obligations will regulate platform services with the overarching concept that increasing fairness and contestability for business users will have positive effects for consumers through increased competition, innovation and, ultimately, the degree of choice and quality present in the EU digital sector.

Against this background, a recent study published by Oxera identified concerns over the form-based approach to ex-ante regulation that the DMA adopted. The study highlights that « the DMA creates a risk of over-enforcement by restricting a series of common business practices, found offline as well as online, that can have net positive effects for society. In particular, the DMA’s ‘catch-all’ and ‘per se’ approach to prohibiting a range of value creating behaviours risks stifling the growth of Europe’s digital economy. »

As part of this discussion, Oxera Principal, Gareth Shier will present additional analysis focusing on particular DMA amendments proposed by the European Parliament and the European Council, and the impact these could have on European consumers of digital services in the future.

A discussion on how the DMA can best protect the consumer interest will follow, including as discussant Professor Annabelle Gawer, leading expert on the business of digital platforms and author of « Online platforms: Economic and societal effects« , prepared for the European Parliament Panel for the Future of Science and Technology.

As the EU institutions enter trilogue negotiations with the European Commission, they will have the opportunity to fine tune the DMA and better balance the interests of business users with the impact that the regulation will have on consumers. What should negotiators be mindful of, and what issues should still be addressed? How can the DMA better preserve value creation and put European consumers’ interests first?

 

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will last around one hour and a half.

The discussion will be held online.

#DMA

#DigitalEU

#GAFAM

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #DMATrilogue

 

We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 15th of December.

[EN] INVITATION | The Digital Decade and the Telecom sector value creation (September 28)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 28th of September 2021 at 16.00.

The event will consist of an afternoon session on the question of how the EU telecom industry can create long term-value in Europe with our distinguished speakers:

  • Mr Anthony Whelan, Member of the Cabinet of President Von der Leyen, European Commission;
  • Ms Eva Kaili MEP (S&D/GR), Committee on Industry, Research and Energy – ITRE, European Parliament;
  • Ms Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE;
  • Dr Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy, CEPS;
  • Ms Nawar Cristini Equity Analyst, Morgan Stanley;
  • Mr Ramon Fernandez, Delegate CEO, Finance, Performance and Development, Orange.

The event will be moderated by Matthew Newman, Chief Correspondent, MLex

This is a public event hence it will not be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is co-organised with

About the debate

Europe’s endeavour to frame a long-term vision for its economy and society for the next decade and beyond has been at the core of the EU policy-making of President Von der Leyen’s Commission. This process has included, among others, the adoption of the ambitious targets set out in the Digital Compass and the upcoming adoption of the Digital Policy Programme, the Fit455 package, the revision of the Industrial Policy Strategy, as well as the adoption of the European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud. Indeed, digitalisation is regarded as the most prominent opportunity to ensure a prosperous future for current and future generations as it is revolutionising the world of work, business structures and value chains.

The COVID crisis has notably accelerated digitalisation processes and the upcoming years could represent a turning point for EU citizens and businesses, if they can fully benefit from the ongoing digital revolution. In fact, the digitalisation of the EU is underway and should strongly contribute to the various recovery plans, since 20% of the NextGenerationEU budget should be devoted to digital projects. This stance is essential to ensure the EU’s recovery, as well as to keep pace with competitors at the global level.

EU telecommunications operators are making substantial efforts to speed up the transition to 5G and fibre networks facing both a difficult economic and societal context. At the same time, estimates show that a €300bn investment is needed to achieve full gigabit connectivity. Several crucial aspects of the EU’s digital transformation process are however still problematic, such as (i) the capacity for network operators to properly valorise their investment, (ii) a more investment friendly implementation of the EU regulatory framework, (iii) the development of new business models taking account of the global value chain, (iv) the fostering of innovation to facilitate the emergence of new EU technological solutions (e.g. on cloud or network evolution), as well as the challenges and opportunities of the green transition.

Looking ahead to the rest of this decade and beyond, Europe has no other choice but to take on these challenges in order to fully exploit the benefits of the current technological and societal transformation and make Europe stronger, wealthier and more competitive. Several observers have highlighted that the old continent has both the know-how and the resources to regain leadership in technology, but at the condition that the European Union as a whole is able to foster long-term value creation.

The event will commence at 16.00 and it will last until about 18.00

The discussion will be held in streaming.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #DigitalDecade

#DigitalDecade

#RecoveryPlan

#GreenTransition

We look forward to hosting you at 16.00 on the 28th of September

[EN] INVITATION | Special Event | Smart and sustainable: How can Digital help the green transition? (July 12)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Monday, 12th of July at 17.00.

We will discuss the role of ICT in finding smart and sustainable solutions for the green transition.

Our distinguished speakers for the evening will be:

  • Vincent Berrutto, Head of Innovation, Research, Digitalisation and Competitiveness, European Commission – DG ENERG;
  • Markus Ferber MEP (EPP/DE);
  • Lise Fuhr, Director General, European Telecommunication Network Operators’ Association (ETNO);
  • Luis Neves, CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI);
  • Eva Barteková, Policy Analyst, Environment Directorate, Environment & Economy Integration Division, OECD.

Birgit Klesper, SVP Group Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Telekom, will give the opening reamrks.

Björn-Sören Gigler, Senior Digital Innovation Officer, European Commission – DG CNECT, and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, will hold a keynote speech.

This event will be moderated by Anja Ingenrieth, Vice President, European Affairs – Brussels, Deutsche Telekom.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is co-organised with

As part of the series

 

About the debate

In mid-July 2021, the European Commission will present the « Fit for 55 » legislative package to fundamentally overhaul the EU’s climate policy architecture and put the EU on track to meet its 2030 climate target (55%).

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 means that European economies and societies will have to undergo a significant transformation to achieve the decoupling of resource use from economic growth. The EU climate targets pave the way for a flood of legislation that will change most aspects of EU citizens’ daily lives.

There is no doubt that the ICT sector will play an important role in this transformation. Digital infrastructures and services help other industries to save a significant part of their C02 emissions – smart solutions for cities, homes, transport, production or agriculture are key to achieving climate neutrality. This « enabling effect » is far greater than the C02 footprint of the ICT sector itself. Maximizing this potential is a key objective of the Green Digital Coalition, an industry initiative supported by the Commission, under which participating CEOs commit to investing in the development and deployment of green digital solutions with significant energy and material efficiencies that deliver a net positive impact across a wide range of sectors.

Nevertheless, the EU is only at the beginning of the journey. The new Industrial Strategy and Recovery Plan for Europe recently reaffirmed that the Commission sees the green and digital transition as a cornerstone of the post-Covid recovery process. However, some sectors paint a less optimistic picture, warning that the Green Deal will lead to deindustrialization and carbon leakage, as well as job losses. Within this context, it is critical to further explore the steps needed to make the EU a leader in clean technologies, as well as to understand how the green transition will affect Europe’s geopolitical power play and industrial competitiveness. These are unanswered questions that the old continent is and will be facing for a very long time to come.

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will last until 18.30.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #Fit455

#EUGreenDeal

#EUDigital

#GreenTransition

#DigitalTransition

#ClimateAction

We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 12th of July 2021.

INVITATION | Pesticides Residues: How to ensure EU agri-food competitiveness? (June 2)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Wednesday, 2nd of June 2021 at 17.00.

The event will consist of an evening discussion on pesticide residues and how to ensure EU agri-food competitiveness with our distinguished speakers:

  • Ms Almut Bitterhof, Deputy Head of Unit, Pesticides and biocides, DG SANTE – European Commission;
  • Ms Eileen Gordon Laity, Secretary General, European Coffee Federation (ECF);
  • Ms Anna Boulova, Secretary General, European Federation of the Trade in Dried Fruit, Nuts, Processed Fruit, Vegetables and Fishery Products (FRUCOM);
  • Ms Mar Fernandez, Director, Spanish Association of Egg Producers (ASEPRHU);
  • Mr Okisegere Ojepat, Chief Executive Officer, Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya.

Mr Ondrej Knotek MEP (Renew/CZ) will hold a keynote speech.

The event will be moderated by Mr Sarantis Michalopoulos, Journalist, Euractiv.

This event is public, hence it will not be held under the Chatham House Rule

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is kindly sponsored by

About the debate

The production of crops in the EU coupled with the free flow of agricultural commodities, produced in other regions of the world and then imported into the EU, provides European consumers with a stable supply of affordable, safe and nutritious food. A wide variety of staple commodities, as well as fruits and vegetables that we enjoy all year round, are only placed on the EU market by respecting the EU’s very strict standards. No matter where the products come from, they have to respect the same high EU standards.

The international trade of agricultural products relies on the joint efforts of many countries to set, and adhere to, internationally agreed standards. These are key to allowing the free flow of agricultural goods around the world. One such standard is a Maximum Residue Level (MRLs) for pesticides. These are set to ensure that all traded agricultural goods adhere to good agricultural practices and comply with the latest scientific evaluations. MRLs are always set to guarantee consumer safety.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducts annual evaluations of both food grown in the EU, and of food imported from outside the EU. Year on year these evaluations have demonstrated that good agricultural practices are being respected by farmers and that nearly all food products on the EU market comply with EU MRLs. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of having free flowing, transparent and resilient food supply chains in the EU.

Farmers around the world have different needs when it comes to protecting their crops from pests and diseases. These farmers should not be unduly penalised when legally treating their crops and subsequently realizing that they will not be able to export to the EU. Trade-enabling policies help foster the development of agriculture in developing countries, a key sector to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals of poverty eradication, zero hunger and economic growth.

MRLs not only provide fair market access for suppliers from non-EU countries, but also ensure the competitiveness of the entire EU agri-food value chain, including traders, processors, food and feed industry, as well as livestock producers. The EU relies on imports of key commodities that end up being further processed in the EU, resulting in added value food products such as chocolate or coffee, or directly enjoyed by EU consumers such as tropical fruits, nuts and spices.

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will be held in streaming

The session intends to cover the views from EU authorities, third countries and the EU agri-food chain on EU MRL policy, with a discussion on how to go towards a win-win scenario for EU agri-food competitiveness, third countries market access and EU consumer choice.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #MRLs

#Agriculture

#MRLs

#Trade

We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 2nd of June 2021

[EN] INVITATION | 5G for Businesses: Evolution or Revolution? (March 16)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 16th of March 2021 at 14.15

The event will consist of an afternoon session on the questions of 5G as a game changer in transforming business organisations and the roll out of 5G networks in Europe with our distinguished speakers:

  • Mr Pearse O’Donohue, Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT – European Commission;
  • Ms Susana Solis-Perez MEP (Renew/ES);
  • Ms Hilary Mine, Head of strategy and technology, Cx, Nokia;
  • Ms Michaël Trabbia, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Orange;

Mr Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CONNECT – European Commission will hold a keynote speech.

Mr Frank Guldentops, 5G Project Manager, Covestro and Mr Mikael Shamim, CEO, Helicus will hold a short presentation on 5G business cases respectively in the domains of Industry 4.0 and Healthcare.

The event will be moderated by Matthew Newman, Chief Correspondent, MLex

This event be held under the Chatham House Rule

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is co-organised with

About the debate

With the outbreak of the Corona crisis, boosting the digital transformation has been put at the forefront of Europe’s digital agenda. Making the EU more digital and greener is now the overarching principle leading the European Union as a whole, notably through the Recovery Plan. To fulfil the European Commission’s key priorities of investing in a greener, more digital and connected Europe, it is crucial to quickly deploy state-of-the-art networks, with special regard to 5G.

The increased number of commercial deployments across the EU shows the fruitful cooperation amongst mobile network operators and the exploration of the new features of 5G networks: real time data exchanges with low latency, 5G network slicing and improved security. In addition, innovations such as augmented capacity of production processes’ monitoring and management in manufacturing are now at hand.

However, 5G is not widely available yet and its slow deployment across Europe has allowed the United States and a number of Asian countries to lead the global 5G race. With next generation technologies depending on the swift rollout of 5G networks, Europe’s competitiveness and sovereignty can be impacted.

Given this setting, it would be important to discuss how to ensure further public and private investments, also by taking into consideration the Recovery and Resilience Facility, how to ease the rollout of 5G, with special regard to permits and mobile network sharing agreements, as well as what are the benefits of new network developments, such as Open RAN.

The event will commence at 14.15 and it will be held in streaming

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #5G4B

#DigitalTransformation

#5G

#5GNetworks

#RecoveryPlan

#OpenRan

We look forward to hosting you at 14.15 on the 16th of March 2021

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[FR] INVITATION | Digital Markets Act: How to preserve innovation and competition in the EU digital economy? (January 25)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Monday, 25th of January 2021 at 17.00.

The event will consist of an evening of discussion on how to preserve innovation and competition in the EU digital economy with special regard to the recent release of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) with our distinguished speakers Ms Deirdre Clune MEP (EPP/IR), Mr Alex Agius Saliba MEP (S&D/MT), Mr Martijn Snoep, Chairman, Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), Professor Nicolas Petit, Competition Law, European University Institute (EUI) and Mr Kayvan Hazemi-Jebelli, Competition Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA).

The event will be moderated by Aoife White, Journalist, Bloomberg

This is a public event, hence the Chatham House Rule will not apply.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is organised in collaboration with CCIA

About the debate

The European Commission’s newly released Digital Markets Act (DMA) is poised to overhaul the EU single market and contribute to making « Europe fit for the digital age » by addressing questions around the fairness of platforms’ relationships with their business users and the contestability of online platform environments.

This approach to regulation of the platform economy has been considered significant, not only because of the scale of the possible impacts on both the European and the global digital sector, but also because of the scope of the proposed legislation. Traditional competition policy objectives of « efficiency » and « consumer welfare » have been replaced with « fairness » and « contestability » for a range of digital services including marketplaces, app stores and social networks, as well as online search engines, operating systems and cloud services.

The DMA aims at shaping the European digital single market by targeting significant and entrenched operators of « a core platform service which serves as an important gateway for business users to reach end users ». Market significance and entrenched and durable positions are defined through quantitative criteria, such as size or revenues, supplemented by case-by-case qualitative assessment.

The matter of how to preserve competition in digitally enabled markets is still relatively new. How to strike the right balance between ex-ante regulation and open competition, as well as how to achieve the intended effects – and to avoid unintended side-effects – of regulations in the digital world is featuring high in the current EU public policy debate. Indeed, the questions arising from network-based and fast-evolving markets of the digital and platform economy have come at a tipping point which several observers predict will imply a long global process of scrutiny, discussion and adaption.

The question hence is: « How to preserve innovation and competition in the EU digital economy? »

The event will commence at 5.00 pm and it will be held in streaming

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #DigitalInnovation

Please specify, whenever possible, to which speaker you wish to address the question. Questions without this specification will be intended as to be addressed to the panel as a whole.

#DigitalInnovation

#DigitalMarketsAct

#DigitalTransformation

#DigitalEU

We look forward to hosting you at 5.00PM on the 25th of January 2021

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