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

January 22 2019
Venue: ECIPE Office, Avenue des Arts 40, 6th floor, 1040 Brussels
Speakers: Erik van der Marel, Werner Stengg, Guido Lobrano, Christopher Hooton
Time: 10:00

Join us for a discussion on how countries restrict trade for online platforms.

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?
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Programme

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), Guido Lobrano (ITI – The Information Technology Industry Council), 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.

Guido Lobrano, Vice President, Europe, ITI – The Information Technology Industry Council, the global voice of the tech sector.

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

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