What is a platform and should they be regulated?

In its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission reflected on the concerns of some member states and some players about the growing market power of online platforms. A public consultation is now underway to better understand the social and economic role of platforms, market trends, the dynamics of platform development and the various business models underpinning platforms. This seminar aims to support the quest for a better understanding of online platforms and the regulatory environment by exploring two key questions:

  • What is a platform?
  • Is specific regulation necessary?

The seminar, in cooperation with CCIA Europe, comprised keynote speeches and panel discussions to shed light on the definition of platforms, the dynamics of online markets, whether online platforms present real problems, and whether they need to be specifically regulated or whether existing completion rules are adequate.

Presentations:

Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo, EU and Competition Law Department, Garrigues

Thibault Larger, Senior Consultant, Oxera

Mark Hiley, CEO, The Analyst Group

Nicolai van Gorp, Founder, e-Conomics

Summary of the event

Video interviews

17
November 2015
Tuesday
09:30-12:30

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Speakers

Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo
EU and Competition Law Department, Garrigues
Mark Hiley
CEO, The Analyst Group
Nicolai van Gorp
Founder, e-Conomics
Thibault Larger
Senior Consultant, Oxera

Discussants

Brian Williamson
Plum Consulting
Kaja Kallas
MEP, European Parliament
Charly Berthet
Rapporteur, Le Conseil national du numérique
Andrea Renda
Senior Research Fellow, CEPS (tbc)

Chair

Colin Blackman
Director, Digital Forum Unit, CEPS

What is a platform and should they be regulated?

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17
November 2015
Tuesday
09:30-12:30
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be provided after the event from 12.30

946

CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels