Workshop on future global players in the digital economy


On the 13th of May, the European Commission, Bearing Point and the Bundesverband Onlinehandel e.V. host “Growth and sustainability: future global players in the digital economy.” The workshop will focus on trends and key success factors in e-commerce and will present a unique opportunity to meet experts from relevant fields and innovative entrepreneurs.

The role of platforms in the growth of digital businesses in Europe will be explored, as well as how to support the international expansion of European companies. The roundtables will provide opportunities to share best practices for e-commerce and digital companies, including SMEs. Views will be exchanged on how best to support the growth of the digital economy in Europe.

The program of the day

8.30 – 9.30         Registration and coffee 

9.30 – 9.45         Welcome, Context and objectives of the workshop
                           Alexander Schmid – Partner, Bearing Point
Katarzyna Gorgol – Policy Officer, DG CONNECT, European

9.45 – 10.30       
Panel I: Bans on sales on online platforms
ffects on internal market, competition law

Oliver Prothmann – founder of the initiative Choice in eCommerce,
President at Bundesverband Onlinehandel e.V. (BVOH)

10.30 – 11.00     Q&A

11.00 – 11.15     Coffee break

11.15 – 12.00     Panel II: Ecommerce in Europe today 
                           How to make the most of the internal market, specificities of national
or regional markets, experience of SME’s

Gravity – Peter A. Csikos, President, Gravity R&D
Erik Meierhoff – CSO, Rakuten Germany
Fabien Tasset – owner, Maison Tasset music shop

12.00 – 12.30     Q&A

12.30 – 14.00     Lunch

14.00 – 14.45     Panel III: Future global players in the digital sector
Convergence, key factors for growth, investment trends, digital

Koen Lenssen – Investment Manager, Tengelmann Ventures
Virginie Berger – Consultant on digital strategies, DBTH, France
Heiko Zysk – Head of European Affairs, ProSiebenSat.1 Media,

14.45 – 15.15      Q&A

15.15 – 15.30      Summary and wrap up
Bearing Point/European Commission

For more information, please check this link.

Register via email.