Digital Services Act Conference Brussels Belgium

About the Event

Event Series

Forum Europe will run a series of virtual events on the anticipated Digital Services Act and sessions will address the following:

  • Competition in the Digital Economy;
  • Platforms and User Generated Content;
  • E-Commerce and Marketplaces.

This series of virtual events will run over four days and will discuss the objectives and potential provisions of any proposed Digital Services Act. It will assess what is required to create conditions that foster fair competition for digital platforms and the media sector to thrive, and to safeguard an open and safe online space, ensuring the Internet continues to be a key driver for innovation, economic growth, democratic discourse and social progress.

Keynote speech

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President, “A Europe Fit For The Digital Age”, European Commission has confirmed her participation in the final session of the series on 3 July.

Margrethe Vestager

DSA Week Outcomes

Forum Europe will record all of the interventions, discussions, and keynote speeches. After the series has finished, registered delegates will receive a final summary report of the proceedings and highlights of sessions will be available to watch online after the event.

Speakers

Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe Vestager

Executive Vice President, A Europe Fit for the Digital Age

European Commission

Alex Agius Saliba

ALEx AGIUS SALIBA

MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democracts

European Parliament

Daniel Braun

DANIEL BRAUN

Deputy Head of Cabinet, Věra Jourová, Values and Transparency

European Commission

Eva Maydell, MEP

Eva Maydell

MEP, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)

European Parliament

Andreas Schwab, MEP

ANDREAS SCHWAB

MEP, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)

European Parliament

Prabhat Agarwal

Prabhat Agarwal

Acting Head of Unit, "E-Commerce and Platforms", DG CONNECT

European Commission

Lucrezia Busa

Lucrezia Busa

Member of Didier Reynders's Cabinet

European Commission

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Michael König

Deputy Head of Unit, Retail and Online Services, DG GROW

European Commission

Michelle Gibbons

Michelle Gibbons

Director General

AIM - European Brands Association

Serge Abiteboul

Serge Abiteboul

Board Member

Arcep

Javier Espinoza

Javier Espinoza

EU Correspondent

Financial Times

Siada El Ramly

Siada El Ramly

Director General

EDiMA

Jason Oxman

Jason Oxman

Chairman and CEO

ITI

Daniel Matray

Head of App Store and Apple Media Services

Apple

Michael Menz

Michael Menz

General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Corporate Governance

Zalando SE

Frédéric Donck

Frédéric Donck

Regional Vice President - Europe

Internet Society

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman

Forum Europe

Founder

Encompass

Alexandre de Streel

Alexandre de Streel

Joint Academic Director

CERRE

Professor of European Law

Université de Namur

Christophe Leclercq

Christophe Leclercq

Chairman

Fondation EURACTIV

Founder

EURACTIV Media BV

Anna-Lena Von Hodenburg

Anna-Lena Von Hodenburg

Managing Director

HateAid

Alexandre Alaphilippe

Alexandre Alaphilippe

Co-Founder and Executive Director

EU DisinfoLab

Jan Penfrat

Jan Penfrat

Senior Policy Advisor

EDRi

Dr. Alea Fairchild

Alea Fairchild

Principal Advisor, Technology Enablement

Ecosystm

Research Fellow

The Constantia Institute

Agenda

Day 1
2020-06-30
Day 2
2020-07-01
Day 3
2020-07-02
Day 4
2020-07-03
Pre-Session Networking

Participants arrive on the platform and are able to network with each other (non-obligatory).

Opening Keynote
Daniel Matray
Head of App Store and Apple Media Services Europe, Apple
Discussion: Competition in the Digital Economy

In the recent Communication on Shaping Europe’s Digital Future, the European Commission suggested that competitions issues will be central to discussions relating to DSA, explaining that it would further “explore, in the context of the Digital Services Act package, ex ante rules to ensure that markets characterised by large platforms with significant network effects acting as gate-keepers, remain fair and contestable for innovators, businesses, and new market entrants”.

This session will examine what any regulation might look like, seek to determine what exactly constitutes a “gatekeeper” platform, and what role and responsibilities they might have in the context of the necessity for competitive markets? To what extent could ex-ante regulation help ensure fairness and openness of markets and improve the choice and experience of consumers and users? What impacts may ex-ante rules have on different stakeholders?

‘Have Your Say…’

An interactive discussion and networking session – audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in the previous panel.

Networking in Public Meeting Rooms & Expo

While not compulsory, we highly recommend getting involved and meeting like-minded delegates.

There will also be a number of Expo Booths from our event partners so feel free to go and pay them a visit and learn more about the work they do.

Pre-Session Networking

Participants arrive on the platform and are able to network with each other (non-obligatory).

09:30
Discussion: Platform Liability & Online Content – Defining Responsibilities and Assessing Objectives

Policymakers have called for online platforms to take a more proactive role in addressing harmful and illegal content, leading to initiatives such as the ‘Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech Online’ and the ‘Code of Practice on Disinformation’. It is argued however that voluntary self-regulation hasn’t been effective, with platforms increasingly being criticised for failing at tackling illegal content, hate speech, the spread of so-called ‘fake news’ and other illegal or harmful activities. In response to this, countries such as Germany, the UK and more recently France have passed their own national laws to tackle these issues. As calls have intensified to clarify rules regarding platform responsibilities at EU level, questioning the liability exemptions that platforms have been enjoying under the e-Commerce Directive (known as ‘Safe Harbour’) it is expected that the Digital Services Act will contain obligations for online platforms to have a “duty of care” for content that is both hosted and shared on their sites.

In an era where online material is increasingly user-generated, this session will discuss how platforms can go further in removing illegal and harmful content, as well as disinformation and fake news, without undermining freedom of expression, hindering innovation, all without a deterioration in the user experience.

‘Have Your Say…’

An interactive discussion and networking session – audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in the previous panel.

Networking in Public Meeting Rooms & Expo

While not compulsory, we highly recommend getting involved and meeting like-minded delegates.

There will also be a number of Expo Booths from our event partners so feel free to go and pay them a visit and learn more about the work they do.

Pre-Session Networking

Participants arrive on the platform and are able to network with each other (non-obligatory).

Discussion: E-Commerce and Liability Exemptions – Working to Tackle Counterfeit Illicit and Unsafe Goods Online

Counterfeit and unsafe products sold on internet platforms continue to be a priority area for e-commerce players, brands and consumer advocates amongst others. This session will look at how the DSA will seek to address and update policy on the relationships between platforms, brands, manufacturers and consumers, focusing on trust, competition, liability and cross-sectoral cooperation.

‘Have Your Say…’

An interactive discussion and networking session – audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in the previous panel.

Networking in Public Meeting Rooms & Expo

While not compulsory, we highly recommend getting involved and meeting like-minded delegates.

There will also be a number of Expo Booths from our event partners so feel free to go and pay them a visit and learn more about the work they do.

Pre-Session Networking

Participants arrive on the platform and are able to network with each other (non-obligatory).

Concluding Discussion: Reflection on Executive Vice President Vestager’s Statement and Summary Remarks

This concluding session will draw together the discussions from the previous sessions. No pre-prepared remarks.

‘Have Your Say…’

An interactive discussion and networking session – audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in the previous panel.

Networking in Public Meeting Rooms & Expo

While not compulsory, we highly recommend getting involved and meeting like-minded delegates.

There will also be a number of Expo Booths from our event partners so feel free to go and pay them a visit and learn more about the work they do.

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Sponsors and Partners

Event Organiser
Forum Europe
www.forum-europe.com
Forum Europe events are where people and policy meet. We have been organising policy conferences in Brussels and around Europe since 1989. Our events provide unique insights from the people behind the policy and those seeking to influence it. Our expert team develop conference programmes with impact and provide first-class event logistics.Forum Europe is more than an event management and conference production specialist. With offices in Brussels and the UK, we operate across Europe and globally. Through our international arm, Forum Global, our events cover five continents, and engage policymakers and industry at national and regional levels around the world. Our mission is to drill down to the issues that matter, creating policy events that are ahead of the curve, facilitating frank and open debate on some of the most pressing issues facing Europe and the world today.
Platinum Sponsor
AIM - European Brands Assocation
www.aim.be
AIM (Association des Industries de Marque) is the European Brands Association, representing manufacturers of branded consumer goods in Europe on key issues which affect their ability to design, distribute and market their brands.AIM represents 2500 businesses ranging from SMEs to multinationals, directly or indirectly through its corporate and national association members. Our members are united in their purpose to build strong, evocative brands, placing the consumer at the heart of everything they do.AIM’s mission is to create for brands an environment of fair and vigorous competition, fostering innovation and guaranteeing maximum value to consumers now and for generations to come. Building sustainable and trusted brands drives investment, creativity and innovation to meet and exceed consumer expectations. AIM’s corporate members alone invested €14 billion in Research & Development in Europe in 2014, placing them fifth in the EU ranking of R&D investment.
Platinum Sponsor
ITI: Information Technology Industry Council
www.itic.org
ITI is the global association of the tech industry, and advocates for public policies that promote innovation, open markets, and enable the transformational economic, societal, and commercial opportunities that our companies are creating worldwide. Our members represent the entire spectrum of technology: from internet companies, to hardware and networking equipment manufacturers, to software developers. ITI’s diverse membership and expert staff provide a broad perspective and intelligent insight in confronting the implications and opportunities of policy activities around the world. Visit http://www.itic.org/ to learn more. Follow us on Twitter for the latest ITI news.
Platinum Sponsor
EDiMA
www.edima-eu.org
EDiMA follows and is involved with regulatory and policy developments affecting the online sector, specifically those which currently relate to content online, intellectual property rights in the online environment, the liability regime for Internet intermediaries and consumer rights issues related to e-Commerce, privacy and security online.Our mission is to contribute to policy and regulatory developments towards the realisation of a EU digital single market that ensures European consumers are provided with the benefits offered by the Internet sector. Legislative decisions and developments may impose substantial technical and financial burdens on new media companies, and may adversely affect the growth of the market. EDiMA therefore acts in order to influence the resolution of these issues in a way that preserves the interests of its members and the Internet community.EDiMA maintains an ongoing dialogue with relevant EU officials, including those within the European Commission, Member State Permanent Representations, and the European Parliament. Currently, this includes discussions and engagement on such issues as the EU copyright review, audiovisual media services, the contracts for the supply of digital content or ePrivacy.
Media Partner
Encompass
www.encompass-europe.com
Encompass is an online magazine delivering comment, opinion and analysis on the affairs of the European Union and Europe’s place in the world. We aim to demystify the complexity of the EU and to be lively and provocative. Encompass is also a space with podcast interviews and, through Encompass Live, political and cultural events. As our name indicates we will strive to be open and accessible.

Under the Spotlight...

About the series

Forum Europe is proud to present ‘Under the Spotlight…’ – a strategic series of virtual EU policy events focussing on a range of key policy files and topics across different subject areas.

Working alongside thought-leaders and policymakers, each event will put a specific area ‘under the spotlight’ – providing a platform for a detailed discussion on the policy issues involved. By bringing together key stakeholders in this way, the aim of the series is to support transparency and inclusion in the policymaking process in a format that is accessible to all.

If you have an issue that you would like to see explored as part of the Under the Spotlight series contact James Wilmott at  | + 44 (0) 29 20 783 020.

Virtual Event

This series of events will be taking place using Forum Europe’s virtual solution – Forum Vision. For more details on our virtual solution, please visit forum-vision.com.

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this series, please contact the team.

dsaconference@forum-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 077