Squire Patton Boggs announced the launch of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) Europe Chapter at the IIC Brussels Telecommunications and Media Forum on 26 March 2019.
The new IIC Europe Chapter is an initiative of the three IIC chapters based in Europe – Brussels, Italy and the UK – that will join forces and work together on one common theme of interest each year. In announcing the launch, Squire Patton Boggs partner Francesco Liberatore, Chair of the IIC Brussels Chapter, emphasised: “One of the things that makes the IIC such a special place is its ability to provide a platform for an open dialogue between communications regulators, policymakers and all stakeholders.” The Europe Chapter will take the form of three events annually – one each in Belgium, Italy and the UK – on the same theme, each feeding into the next to share the perspective and particular dynamics of the country in which the event has taken place, and enrich further the thinking with input from the next country’s discussion.
For 50 years, the IIC has been connecting communications regulators, experts and innovators across the globe, creating opportunities for open dialogue, the exchange of ideas and the shaping of digital policy. It provides a platform to compare and discuss policy approaches to communications and content in countries around the world, bringing together senior-level industry strategists and regulatory authorities to debate often controversial topics in a collegiate, intellectual and balanced environment.
For the first edition of the IIC Europe Chapter initiative, the IIC is focusing on the rollout of a major piece of implementation: the EU’s new telecom regulation known as the “European Electronic Communications Code” (see the Squire Patton Boggs insight on the new code). The new code aims to bring a new dynamic into competition and investment in networks, pave the way for innovations such as 5G, but also expand the scope of the telecom regulation to online communications, and promote a Digital Single Market. The attainment of these objectives, in turn, will depend on a coordinated and harmonised transposition of the code across the EU member states. Even post Brexit, the UK has pledged to transpose the code in its national law. Squire Patton Boggs is assisting clients on the regulatory compliance opportunities and challenges facing their pan-European businesses as a result of the adoption and ongoing transposition of the code.
The first IIC Europe event will take place in Rome in July, with subsequent events in Brussels and London later this year.