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Date : Tuesday, 10 September 2019

ECIPE Seminar: Global Patterns of Trade Restrictiveness in Online Platforms - A First Look

ICT and Digital Agenda
Date: Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:00 - 12:30

Venue: ECIPE Office, Avenue des Arts 40, 6th floor, 1040 Brussels

The seminar will discuss the results of a new ECIPE study that shows which countries impose the highest and lowest level of restrictions in online platforms. This study identifies specific restrictions that affect online platforms for online search, e-commerce and social media.

Interestingly, some European countries are at the fore-front of having implemented strict regulations on online platforms, which could prevent the effective development of these platforms’ services. What does it mean for these countries’ economies and why are restrictive policies on platforms burdensome for the economy?

Questions that will be discussed in the seminar include:

  • How do European countries rank compared to other countries in the world when it comes to regulating online platforms?

  • And, how can regulators design platforms’ regulations to be the least distortive for the economy while serving wider policy objectives?

ECIPE’s new study will be presented by Erik van der Marel, Senior Economist at ECIPE. The presentation is followed by a panel discussion with Werner Stengg (European Commission), a representative of Facebook (TBC) and Christopher Hooton (Internet Association).

Erik van der Marel, Senior Economist at ECIPE, is the corresponding author of ECIPE’s new study on platform restrictions. He is also on the faculty of the ULB Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management teaching international trade at post-graduate level.

Werner Stengg is Head of Unit of “E-Commerce and Online Platforms” at the European Commission’s Directorate General (DG) CONNECT. Previously he held Head of Unit positions at DG GROW as well as DG MARKT at the European Commission.

Representative of Facebook (TBC).

The seminar will be chaired by Christopher Hooton, Chief Economist of Internet Association.



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  • Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:00 - 12:30

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