Policy Conversation “EU STRATEGY ON STANDARDISATION. Setting Global Standards for a resilient, green and digital EU Single Market”

Policy Conversation

Wednesday 21 September from 17:00 to 19:00


On Wednesday 21 September, the Institute for Competitiveness (I-Com), on the behalf of Deep-In Research Network, organised a policy debate on “EU STRATEGY ON STANDARDISATION. Setting Global Standards for a resilient, green and digital EU Single Market”. The event took place in Brussels at L42 from 17:00 to 19:00.

Structured in two panels, the event aimed to contribute to the debate on the EU approach to standardisation by bringing together a select number of high-level participants to discuss the EU standardisation strategy. The latter followed the Commission’s communication published in February 2022, which aims to set global standards to support a resilient, green and digital EU single market.

Specifically, Panel I explored the geopolitical implications of EU standardization policy both within the Single Market and globally. Panel II, on the other hand, focused on how standards affect innovation and on EU’s competitiveness. As such, the latter delved into the following topics: 5G, IoT and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).

Here the event’s programme.

Speakers confirmed:

[tp no_translate]Giuseppe COLANGELO
Jean Monnet Chair in European Innovation Policy and Professor of Law & Economics University of Basilicata and Deep-In Research Network.[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Giuseppe Colangelo is a Jean Monnet Professor of European Innovation Policy. He is also an Associate Professor of Law and Economics at University of Basilicata, and an Adjunct Professor of Markets, Regulation and Law, and Legal Issues in Marketing at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Italy. He graduated in Law from LUISS Guido Carli, earned an LL.M. in Competition Law and Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and a Ph.D. in Law and Economics at LUISS Guido Carli. His primary research interests are related to innovation policy, intellectual property, competition policy, market regulation, and economic analysis of law. Giuseppe has been a TTLF Fellow since August 2017.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Stefano DA EMPOLI
President, I-Com[/tp]


[tp no_translate]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 master’s degree in economics and 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.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Chiara GIOVANNINI
Deputy Director-General, ANEC[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Ms. Chiara Giovannini is a Senior Manager for policy and innovation at ANEC, an organization representing European consumer interests in the creation of technical standards. Ms. Giovannini supports ANEC’s Secretary-General on policy development and on relations with ISO’s Committee on Consumer Policy. She also manages ANEC’s Accessibility and Digital Society Working Groups and supervises ANEC’s Smart Meter & Smart Grid Project Team.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Emilio DAVILA GONZALEZ
Head of Sector ICT Standardisation, DG CONNECT, European Commission[/tp]


Emilio has worked since 2013 in the European Commission Unit dealing with Innovation and Blockchain within Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). He is responsible for coordinating ICT Standardisation strategies, liaising with Standards Development Organisations active in ICT, and in particular building bridges between research and standardisation and how standardisation contributes to innovation. He is also following up (among other sectors) international standardisation activities on blockchain/DLT in the different standardisation organisations. Mr Dávila graduated as Telecommunication Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and holds a Degree in Law from the Spanish Open University.

[tp no_translate]Patrick HOFKENS
Director IPR Policy, Ericsson[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Patrick Hofkens joined Ericsson in November 2013 as Director IPR Policy. He works in the intellectual property and licensing unit of Ericsson and focuses primarily on F/RAND related topics and IPR policies of standardization organizations. He previously worked for Option, a company active in the telecom sector focused on the design and development of products and services for the M2M market. As Corporate Secretary and Chief Development Officer his responsibility extended to the product and technology roadmap of the company. He also overlooked the legal function and licensing activities of the company. Patrick also acted as chairman of the Board of directors of M4S, a spin off from IMEC, active in the development of reconfigurable RF transceivers, in 2010 acquired by Huawei. Prior to Option, Patrick worked in private practice as Counsel at Loyens&Loeff. Patrick Hofkens has a master degree in law from the University of Leuven and a master after master degree in company law from the University of Brussel.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Guido LOBRANO
Director General for Europe, ITI[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Guido Lobrano is ITI’s Senior Vice President of Policy and Director General for Europe, leading ITI’s work on the European Union’s activities impacting technology and innovation. Guido is based in Brussels, Belgium, where he opened ITI’s first office in Europe. He coordinates ITI’s work on EU initiatives in areas such as privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data, competition policy and platform issues, and supports the work on digital trade and taxation. Before joining ITI in October 2017, Guido was deputy director for legal affairs, internal market and digital economy at BusinessEurope, the confederation of European industry. He was in charge of digital and tech policy, as well antitrust and state aid legislation. He also coordinated the team responsible for the single market policy. He led the association’s advocacy on Europe’s 2010 Strategy and the Digital Agenda for Europe (2012), as well as the 2015 Digital Single Market (DSM) and Digitising European Industry strategies. He was in charge of privacy and data issues, e-commerce, sharing economy and platforms among others. He covered key legal and policy debates from a cross-sectoral industry perspective, including the 2008-2009 EU Telecoms Review, collective redress (EU-level class action schemes), the process leading to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the transition from the EU-US Safe Harbor to Privacy Shield. Guido began his professional career working in law firms in the United States, France, Italy and Belgium, on international and EU law. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics, particularly technology and competition policies. He received his law degree in Italy at the University of Sassari and an Erasmus diploma from the University of Vienna.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Michael LOCH
Associate General Counsel, GSMA[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Michael Loch is the Associate General Counsel – Technology at the GSMA. He is responsible for any legal matters associated with technology, standardisation, intellectual property and governance in the GSMA. Michael is an English qualified solicitor with a BA Hon degree from the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University of London. Following articles as a trainee solicitor at Charles Russell, Michael was a telecoms regulatory lawyer with Field Fisher Waterhouse. In 2000, he became the European in-house counsel for Genesis Telecommunications, a subsidiary for Alcatel. Following Alcatel, he was Senior Legal Counsel at Hitachi Data Systems. Before joining the GSMA, Michael was the Regional Counsel at Nokia for Vodafone, UK and Ireland.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Antonio MANGANELLI
Professor of Law & Economics, LUMSA University and Deep-In Research Network[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Mr Antonio Manganelli is professor of Antitrust and Regulation at LUMSA University (Rome, Italy). Since March 2021, Mr Manganelli has worked as Advisor to the Italian Minister of Economic Development on policies for telecom, media, and digital markets. Mr Manganelli previously served in other public institutions, i.e., the Italian Regulatory Authority for Telecom, Media, and Postal sectors (AGCOM); the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the European Commission, at the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the Research department at the Italian Central Bank (Banca d’Italia). Mr Manganelli was also research associate at the European University Institute, in Florence (Italy), where he coordinated the Florence School of Regulation and the Centre for media freedom and media pluralism. Mr Manganelli holds a M.Sc. in Political Science and Economic Policy and a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from the University of Siena (Italy).[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Sophie MUELLER
Head of Unit Standards Policy, DG GROW, European Commission[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Sophie Mueller is Head of Unit for Standards Policy in DG GROW since April 2022. She was previously the Deputy and acting Head of the same unit since March 2021. In this role, she is responsible for deploying and enhancing standardisation as a tool that supports the competitiveness, recovery, twin transition and resilience of the EU’s industrial ecosystems. She started her career in the European Commission at DG Enterprise & Industry in 2010 and was responsible for files like Key Enabling Technologies and Corporate Social Responsibility. For 6.5 years she worked in the offices of the Director-General and Deputy Director-Generals at DG GROW, advising on and handling daily matters relating to industrial policy, sectorial files like automotive, chemicals or tourism and the green transition of industries. Sophie worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva and a private-public affairs consultancy firm in Brussels. She holds degrees in Political Science and Advanced European Studies from the Universities of Bonn (DE) and Basel (CH).[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Maarit PALOVIRTA
Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO)[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Maarit has extensive expertise in telecoms, broadband and internet matters. She joined ETNO from the Internet Society, where she served as a Senior Manager Europe and where she has acquired strong experience of broadband policies as well as extensive links with internet and tech stakeholders. Maarit also had direct experience of the telecoms business during her 6 years at Cisco and has developed a strong service-oriented, hands-on profile acquired in leading consultancies Interel and Schuman Associates. She also has a strong European academic background from the College of Europe, LSE, King’s College and SciencesPo. Maarit is a Finnish national, she also speaks English and French.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Urška PETROVČIČ
Director of Economic Strategy, Qualcomm[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Urška Petrovčič is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and director of Economic Strategy at Qualcomm. Her work focuses on antitrust and intellectual property. She holds a B.A. in law from the University of Ljubljana, a Master of Law and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and an LL.M. and a Ph.D. in law from the European University Institute. Her publications on the enforcement of standard-essential patents (SEPs) include a book, Competition Law and Standard Essential Patents: A Transatlantic Perspective (Wolters Kluwer 2014), and articles in the Common Market Law Review and other journals. Since 2017, Dr. Petrovcic has acted as the European Commission’s non-governmental adviser for the Unilateral Conduct Working Group of the International Competition Network. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Oslo. She was chosen as the inaugural scholar of the American Bar Association’s International Scholar-in-Residence Program, which enabled her to conduct research in cooperation with the Office of Policy Planning of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on antitrust enforcement concerning SEPs. Dr. Petrovcic previously worked in the Brussels office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and was a stagiaire at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission.[/tp]

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