Digital Agenda for Europe
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Public Workshop organised in the context of the public consultation on universal service principles in e-communications

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Charlemagne Building, rue le la Loi 170, Brussels

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Agenda

09h00 – 09h30 Registration and coffee
 
09h30 – 09h45 Opening remarks by the Chairman, Peter Rodford , Head of Unit, Policy Development, DG Information Society and Media
 
  ● Background to the review of universal service principles
  ● Objectives of the public consultation / workshop
 
 

 09h45 – 10h15  First session: Setting the scene
 
  ● Current concept and principles of universal service
   Petri Koistinen, Policy Development, DG Information Society and Media
 
  ● Universal service implementation in the Member States
  Miriam Mendioroz, Implementation of the Regulatory Framework, DG  Information Society and Media
  Bogdan Dospinescu, End-User Working Group of BEREC, Office of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications
 
 

10h15 – 10h45  Second session: Universal service and broadband policies
 
  ● Provisions in the 2002 regulatory framework and Commission's recent assessment of scope of universal service (Communication of September 2008)
   Petri Koistinen, Policy Development, DG Information Society and Media
 
  ● Broadband strategy in the context of Europe 2020
   Frank Mather, Lisbon strategy and i2010, DG Information Society and Media(*)
 
 

 10h45 – 11h00  Break
 
 11h00 – 12h30  Third session: Broadband availability
 
  ● EU instruments for supporting broadband roll-out
  State aid rules on broadband deployment - Annette Kliemann , States Aids, DG Competition
  Cohesion policy: support to broadband investment - John Walsh  [4177 KB], Thematic coordination, innovation, DG Regional Policy
  
  ● National plans for supporting broadband roll-out
   Frédérique Delaugerre, Responsable du Bureau Règlementation nationale et communautaire, Service des Technologies, de l’Information et des Communications, Ministère de l’Economie, de l’Industrie et de l’Emploi, France
  Nigel Hickson, Head of Global ICT policy, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, United Kingdom(*)
 
  ● Broadband in 'new' Member States
 Michał Iwaszko, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Infrastructure, Poland
 Cristian Stanciu, ANCOM, The National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications, Romania
 
  ● Industry viewpoint
  The viewpoint of network operators - Michael Bartholomew, Director, ETNO, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association(*)
  The viewpoint of new entrants - Victoria Hanley-Emilsson, Public Affairs, ECTA, European Competitive Telecommunication Association
  The viewpoint of mobile operators – Martin Whitehead , Director, GSMA Europe
  The viewpoint of satellite operators – Stefano Agnelli  [1300 KB], Coordinator of Space Policy, ESOA, European Satellite Operators Association
 
 

12h30 – 14h00  Lunch
 
14h00 – 15h00  Fourth session: Broadband affordability and accessibility
 
  ● Broadband trends and take-up in the EU; the new rules of the 2009 Telecom Package concerning users' rights, e-accessibility
  Petri Koistinen, Policy Development, DG Information Society
 
  ● Why some households are not taking up broadband?
  Eurobarometer household surveys - Christian Micas , Policy Development, DG Information Society and Media
 
  ● Consumer viewpoint
  Levi Nietvelt, Economic Officer, BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation(*)
  Chiara Giovannini, Programme Manager, ANEC, the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation
 
  ● Disability viewpoint
  Nadège Riche, Policy Officer, European Disability Forum
 
 

15h00 – 15h15  Break
 
15h15 – 16h00  Fifth session: National flexibility and coordination at EU level
 
  ● 2002 provisions on flexibility and recital in the 2009 Telecom Package
  Petri Koistinen, Policy Development, DG Information Society and Media
 
 

16h00 – 16h50  Sixth session: Financing
 
  ● Current provisions on financing and situation in the Member States
  Petri Koistinen, Policy Development, DG Information Society and Media
 
  ● Preliminary findings of an ongoing study commissioned by DG Information Society and Media
Tine Debusschere, Director, Van Dijk Management Consultants
Note that this study is ongoing; its publication is subject to an impact assessment report by the Commission in the context of legislative proposals, if any.
 
 

16h50   Concluding remarks by the Chairman
              (*) No slides