Digital Economy Workshop

The Digital Economy Workshop (DEW) is a workshop held regularly by TABC the day before the U.S.-EU government-to-government Information Society Dialogue (ISD). The DEW offers industry executives and senior U.S. & EU officials the opportunity to hold off-the-record exchanges on technology and digital policy issues.

The format for this year’s Digital Economy Workshop was an afternoon program between EU & U.S. government officials and TABC members only. This year’s panels include: Digital Single Market, Data-Driven Innovation, and Open Internet (full agenda below).

For more details, contact Ms. Justine Korwek.



Welcome: Justine Korwek, Senior Policy Director, Trans-Atlantic Business Council  (TABC)
Hugo Paemen, Senior Advisor – Hogan Lovells and Europe Board Chairman – TABC


Introductions: Ignasi Guardans, Partner, K&L Gates (moderator)


Opening Remarks:
Eddy Hartog, Head of Unit – International, DG Connect, European Commission
Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 



Discussion I: Open Internet
Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Vesa Terävä, Head of Unit, DG Connect, European Commission
Enrique Medina, Chief Policy Officer, Telefónica
Ralf Nigge, Deputy Director, Deutsche Telekom
Cate Nymann, Government Affairs Manager, Cisco

Discussion II: Data Driven Innovation
Jack Spilsbury, Deputy U.S. Coordinator for International Communication and Information Policy (CIP), U.S. State Department
Beatrice Covassi, Deputy Head of Unit – “Data Value Chain”, DG Connect, European Commission
Dr. Wolfgang Schmid, Director Government Affairs, AUDI AG
Eric Loeb, Vice President, International External Affairs, AT&T
Rene Summer, Director – Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson

Discussion III: Digital Single Market
Brian McFeeters, Economic Minister-Counselor, U.S. Mission to the EU
Larry Stone, President, Group Public & Government Affairs, BT
Borja Larrumbide, Director for IT Risk Institutional Affairs, BBVA

Closing Remarks
Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB), U.S. State Department


Main Conclusions:  Ignasi Guardans, Partner, K&L Gates