BEREC events 2020

Regulation in Times of Pandemic and Lessons for the Future: A European view

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Event location: Virtual event

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all industry players to take action to support the strategies of national governments aimed at reducing the risks and negative impact on the economy. The essential role of ICT and digital sectors is undisputed, enabling and supporting emergency communications, connectivity sustainability and the deployment of infrastructure in urban and rural areas. Regulators have taken a number of steps so that the continuity of services can be guaranteed. How might these actions inform and facilitate future modernisation of current regulatory frameworks?

On 12 May 2020 BEREC and the International Institute of Communications (IIC) organised a webinar. European regulators and policy makers discussed their decisions and initiatives taken in response to the pandemic against a backdrop of consumer protection and universal access to essential information and services. Spectrum management, net neutrality regimes, novel health management apps and privacy protection, and combatting disinformation were among the list of important themes for discussion.

Keynote speaker: Roberto ViolaDirector-General, DG Connect, European Commission 

Dan Sjöblom, BEREC Chair 2020, Director General (PTS, Sweden)
Antonio De Tommaso, Director of EU and International Affairs, (AGCOM, Italy)
Wilhelm Eschweiler, Vice President, (BNetzA, Germany)
Lindsey Fussel, Group Director, Consumer and External Relations, (Ofcom, UK)

Moderator: Jeremy Godfrey, BEREC Vice-Chair, Commissioner (ComReg, Ireland)

The event was open to public and streamed on the BEREC website.

Video recording of the webinar