Electronic Communications and Antitrust roundtable: Challenges of regulating the digital economy

7 Jul 2021 1400 - 1530 BST, Online, England

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A virtual roundtable co-presented by the IBA Antitrust Section and IBA Communications Law Committee

Wednesday 7 July 14:00 - 15:30 BST

In the best traditions of cooperation and collaboration across the IBA committees and sections, the Communications Law Committee and the Antitrust Section are bringing together representatives of key authorities and regulators again to share their thoughts on topical issues at the intersection of communications and competition law, and to discuss their vision for the future direction of regulation of the digital economy.

In a nutshell, there has been a significant increase in the regulation of the digital businesses in the European Union in recent years, including the P2B (Platform To Business) Regulation, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the recently proposed Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act. 

But what are the challenges in implementing new legal framework which adequately responds to the constantly changing and internationally based digital economy? 

This session will discuss many questions, including:

  • Has the transposition of the EECC across the EU Member States achieved the goal to create a harmonised legal framework governing the provision of electronic communications and networks? Where are the challenges and is the European single digital market prepared for the rollout of 5G?

  • On the third anniversary of the GDPR, has it achieved gold standard status? Is the reform of ePrivacy legislation moving forward on schedule and are any further reforms needed?

  • Will the newly proposed ex ante regulation to govern large online platforms be able to ensure fair and contestable digital markets?

  • What is the interplay between data protection and competition law? 

  • Is there a risk that the increased regulatory burden will hinder competition and slow down innovation? 

  • What is the situation from the other side of the Atlantic?

This panel will seek views on these issues from highly ranked representatives of the European Commission, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the regulatory authorities in Spain, the UK and the US. The insights and guidance of the speakers on the new legal regulations and policy trends will be of great interest beyond the members of the IBA Antitrust Section and the Communications Law Committee.

Representatives from key antitrust agencies and communications regulators will also share their thoughts on topical issues at the intersection of competition and communications law, and the panel will discuss their vision for the future direction of regulation of the digital economy.

Conference Supporter


  • Violetta Kunze Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov, Sofia; Member, IBA Communications Law Committee Advisory Board
  • Samantha Mobley Baker & Mckenzie, London; Senior Vice Chair, IBA Antitrust Section


  • Anna Buchta Head of Unit ‘Policy & Consultation’, European Data Protection Supervisor, Brussels
  • Alejandra de Iturriaga Gandini Director, Telecommunications and Audiovisual Sector; Representative, BEREC, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, Madrid
  • Umair Javed Acting Chief Counsel of the Acting FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission, Washington DC
  • Stefan Lechler Deputy Head of Policy Unit, DG Connect, European Commission, Brussels
  • Yih-Choung Teh Group Director for Strategy & Research, Ofcom, London


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