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Ecommerce Europe hits the ground running with the release of its first Policy Session speakers that includes representation from eBay, the European Commission, GS1 and BEUC — the European Consumer Organization.

The Policy Arena
As part of this year’s Global E-commerce Summit program, Ecommerce Europe will organize four policy sessions that address consumer policy, payment, logistics and taxation issues facing today’s e-commerce sector.

The open arena panel setting will allow participants to discuss and prepare themselves for new rules and future regulations, and most importantly, have a say in the debate concerning pressing policy choices currently in deliberation. Sessions will include:

  1. Changing consumer legislation in Europe: Retailer and consumer rights
    Tuesday 13 June 2017 – morning
  2. Proposal for new VAT rules for cross-border e-commerce: How could it benefit online shops?
    Tuesday 13 June 2017- afternoon
  3. Thinking outside the parcel box: Let’s turn the analog parcel into a digital and interconnected one!
    Wednesday 14 June 2017 – morning
  4. The role of digital currencies and blockchain in e-commerce: Security vs. innovation
    Wednesday 14 June 2017 – afternoon

Policy Arena Line-up
Representing over 25,000 online retailers in Europe, Ecommerce Europe has invited high-level policymakers, prominent e-commerce companies and promising start-ups to discuss the effect of upcoming policy changes in the European e-commerce sector. Panelists already confirmed to join the Policy line-up include:

Despina Spanou: Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission

Ms. Spanou recently became the Director of DG CONNECT. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Spanou was Director of six Units in charge of consumer law and policy including consumer markets, redress and enforcement, as well as consumers’ safety at the DG JUST. From 2010 to 2013 she served as Principal Adviser to the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and was responsible for communication and stakeholders. She was previously the Deputy Head of Cabinet for the European Commissioner for Health and Consumers Mr. Kyprianou (2004-2008) and for the Commissioner for Health, and later Education & Culture, Mrs. Vassiliou (2008-2010). Prior to her career at the European Commission, she practiced European law with the Brussels branch of a US law firm. She is a qualified lawyer, a member of the Athens Bar Association and holds a Ph.D. in European law from the University of Cambridge.

Ursula Pachl: Deputy Director General, BEUC, the European Consumer Organization

Ms. Pachl has been with BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organization since October 1997, first as Legal Advisor, then as Senior Policy Advisor and recently as Deputy Director General. Apart from deputizing for the Director General, Ms. Pachl is leading BEUC’s work on the consumer legislation acquis and is responsible for horizontal policy issues. Prior to working for BEUC, Ms. Pachl worked for five years at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection in Vienna and for four years at the Austrian Consumer Information Association as a member of the Consumer Advisory Board. Ms. Pachl graduated in Law – Magister Juris – from the University of Innsbruck and is the author of several articles in consumer policy journals.

Léon Mölenberg: Senior Policy Advisor, Ecommerce Europe

Dr. Léon Mölenberg started his legal career as lecturer and researcher in the field of consumer and contract law, civil litigation and private international law at the law faculty of Maastricht University from 1987 to 2005. He regularly publishes on consumer law, litigation and package travel. In 1995 he finished a doctoral thesis on the collective court action (class action) for consumer organizations in the field of standard contract terms. Since 2006 he has been senior policy consultant and legal advisor at Thuiswinkel.org (www.thuiswinkel.org), the Dutch Association of Distant Sellers and Service Providers with 2200+ member companies and since 2014, senior policy advisor at Ecommerce Europe. His expertise is on distant selling and ecommerce consumer law, contract terms, ADR, competition and privacy & data protection. He is a member of the working party for privacy issues of VNO-NCW the Dutch federation of Netherlands Industry and Employers. He takes part in the legal committees of both Thuiswinkel.org and Ecommerce Europe, the European association representing 25000+ B2C web traders.

Despina, Ursula and Léon will join the “Changing consumer legislation in Europe: Retailer and consumer rights” session at the Global E-commerce Summit.

Stefan Krawczyk: Associate General Counsel & Head Government Relations International, eBay Marketplaces

Mr. Krawczyk joined Internet marketplace eBay in 2009. He heads eBay Inc’s International Government Relations team, covering areas such as e-commerce, mobile commerce, distribution and sales, intellectual property, competition, consumer rights as well as parcel delivery and postal services in EMEA and APAC. Before joining eBay, he worked for over five years as intellectual property litigator and for almost 15 years as senior lobbyist for the international recording industry with a focus on IPR enforcement.

Mr. Krawczyk graduated in civil, media and copyright law from Amsterdam Universities and is a former research fellow of the Munich Max-Planck-Institute for foreign and international industrial and intellectual property law.

Stefan will join the “Proposal for new VAT rules for cross-border e-commerce: How could it benefit online shops?” at the Global E-commerce Summit.

Frits van den Bos: Manager for Innovation, GS1 Netherlands

Also the co-chair of the global GS1 Omni channel retail interest group, Frits hosted the Omni channel Supply Chain expert group for the Shopping Tomorrow research program for Thuiswinkel.org in 2013 and is currently hosting a similar group with a focus on the use of data standards in the parcel delivery domain. Within this group retailers, solution providers and other actors in the supply chain discuss the potential of using standards for parcel identification and exchange of data. Frits van den Bos will share how standards can accommodate efficient data exchange between supply chain partners and enable the creation of flexible delivery networks.

Frits will join the “Thinking outside the parcel box: Let’s turn the analog parcel into a digital and interconnected one!” at the Global E-commerce Summit.

Stay tuned for more Policy Session panelists and keep track of all the speakers at the Global E-commerce Summit coming to Barcelona June 12 – 14, 2017 here.

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