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Geo-blocking in the digital single market

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Geo-blocking is a discriminatory practice that is wide-spread in EU. It prevents online customers from accessing and purchasing products or services from a website based in another member state

May 30, 2017, 11:00 am Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Public | On the Record Livestreamed Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

At this event we will discuss the economic impact of geo-blocking, having as a starting point the Commission’s regulatory proposal for lifting geo-blocking restrictions in physical goods and non-copyrighted services.

Session 1 will focus on non-audiovisual copyrighted services such as online music and ebooks. On 25 April 2017 the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection voted in favor of extending the Commission’s to these services. Bertin Martens will present his recent research work on the impact of removing geo-blocking restrictions on consumers and producers. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about whether, and under what conditions, we should remove geo-blocking practices from such sectors.

Session 2 will deal with geo-blocking measures in the audiovisual sector. Scott Marcus will present the Bruegel study on extending the scope of geo-blocking prohibition in the industry while experts will comment on the associated arguments that go for or against such an extension.

 

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Schedule

May 30, 2017

10:30-11:00

Check-in with coffee

11:00-12:30

Session 1: Geo-blocking in non-audiovisual services

Presentation

Bertin Martens, Senior economist and team leader for the Digital Economy research programme, European Commission, JRC

Panel discussion

Chair: J. Scott Marcus, Senior Fellow

Marine Elgrichi, Head of Public Policy Europe, Spotify

Fabian Paagman, EIBF co-President, Owner of Paagman bookshops, the Netherlands

Agustin Reyna, Digital Team Leader, BEUC

Roza von Thun, Member of the European Parliament

12:30-13:00

Lunch

13:00-14:30

Session 2: Geo-blocking in audiovisual services

Presentation

J. Scott Marcus, Senior Fellow

Panel discussion

Chair: Georgios Petropoulos, Research Fellow

Agustin Reyna, Digital Team Leader, BEUC

Gareth Shier, Senior Consultant, Oxera

Werner Stengg, Head of Unit "E-Commerce and Online Platforms", European Commission, DG CONNECT

14:30

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Speakers

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Marine Elgrichi

Head of Public Policy Europe, Spotify

Scott Marcus

J. Scott Marcus

Senior Fellow

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Fabian Paagman

EIBF co-President, Owner of Paagman bookshops, the Netherlands

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Bertin Martens

Senior economist and team leader for the Digital Economy research programme, European Commission, JRC

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Georgios Petropoulos

Research Fellow

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Agustin Reyna

Digital Team Leader, BEUC

Gareth Shier

Senior Consultant, Oxera

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Werner Stengg

Head of Unit "E-Commerce and Online Platforms", European Commission, DG CONNECT

Lukasz Kobus
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Roza von Thun

Member of the European Parliament

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Matilda Sevón

Matilda Sevon

matilda.sevon@bruegel.org

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