10 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. | Opening session: The Digital Single Market: How does it benefit consumers?

  • Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee in charge of Communication (EESC)
  • Helena Dalli, Maltese Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties
  • Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality (video message)

10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. | Panel 1: A genuine single market for consumers in the digital economy

Moderator: Martin Siecker, Member of the Employees' Group, EESC

  • Data sharing: consumer safety on the line? Saviour Cachia, Information and Data Protection Commissioner (Malta)
  • Smart mobility and what it means to consumers: Joost Vantomme, Smart Mobility Director, ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association)
  • The EESC's view of the Digital Agenda, Antonio Longo: EESC Member and President of the Permanent Study Group – Digital Agenda
  • The Consumer's view of the Digital Single Market: Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General, BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation

= Discussion

12.30 p.m. - 2 p.m. |  Lunch

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Debate: The Digital Single Market: fertile ground for a sustainable collaborative economy?

Moderator: Clare Agius, TV Producer and Presenter

  • Viktorija Molnar, Policy Affairs Advisor, European Holiday Home Association
  • Pauline Azzopardi, Executive Member, Association for Consumer Rights - Malta

3 p.m. - 4.15 p.m. | Panel 2: The Digital Single Market: threats and opportunities

Moderator: Stefano Mallia, Member of the Employers' Group, EESC

  • Digital inclusion for ALL consumers: Jens Henriksson, International Officer, ANEC (European Consumer Voice in Standardisation)
  • Geo-blocking: Georgios Petropoulos, Research fellow, Bruegel
  • Roaming costs: Marlene Mizzi, Member of the European Parliament (video message)
  • Fintech: Opportunities for Consumers, Supervisory Challenges for Regulators: Michelle Mizzi Buontempo, Director, Malta Financial Services Authority

= Discussion

4.15 p.m. -  4.30 p.m. | Coffee break

4.30 p.m. | The Digital Single Market: results for consumers

Moderator: Evangelia Kekeleki, Member of the Various Interests Group, EESC

  • Werner Stengg, Head of Unit, e-commerce & platforms, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Island consumers in the Digital Single Market: Josephine Borg, Director General, Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA)
  • Bernardo Hernández Bataller, EESC Member and Spokeperson of Consumer's Category

Closing remarks

  • Martin Siecker, President of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption, EESC

Interpretation was provided from Spanish, English, French, Italian and Maltese into English, French and Maltese.


Journée européenne du consommateur 2017 - Programme
Journée européenne du consommateur 2017