The South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG), together with the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the Internet Society, invite you to the event

Internet policy and governance challenges in South Eastern Europe

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 16:00

About the event

The event will bring together Brussels-based representations and missions of countries in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+), members of the European Parliament, Internet companies, business, technical and civil society associations working in the field of digital policy.

The debates will revolve around opportunities for enhanced cooperation among regional and international actors in creating a vibrant and sustainable Internet ecosystem in the SEE+ region. The event will additionally feature an overview of SEEDIG and its work, offering participants an opportunity to contribute to shaping the programme for the upcoming SEEDIG 5 meeting, to be held on 7-8 May 2019, in Bucharest, Romania.

Also included will be an outline of the digital policy priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and a round-up of activities and priorities of several SEEDIG partners (e.g. European Commission, Internet Society, ICANN) in the SEE+ region.


15:30 | Welcoming the guests

16:00 – 16:30 | Key speeches

  • Olivier Bringer, Deputy and acting Head of Unit, Next Generation Internet, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Monica Chiffa, Head of European Affairs Office, Ministry of Communications and Information Society, Romania
  • Frédéric Donck, Director, European Regional Bureau, Internet Society
  • Lise Fuhr, Director General, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
  • Nina Lichtner, Programme Officer, Cybercrime Division, Council of Europe
  • Jean-Jacques Sahel, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
  • Sorina Teleanu, Chair, SEEDIG Executive Committee

16:30 – 17:30 | Open discussions

  • Is the SEE+ region a digital challenger?
  • What are the Internet policy and governance challenges countries in the region face? And what opportunities do they offer to digital businesses?
  • How can regional and international actors cooperate in creating a vibrant and sustainable Internet ecosystem in the SEE+ region?
  • Review of the draft programme for SEEDIG 5

17:30 | Networking cocktail

Event location

ICANN Office in Brussels

6 Rond-Point Schuman | B-1040 Brussels, Belgium

To confirm your participation, RSVP is kindly requested by 6 February 2019.

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