First, we’ll hear from the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union about what to have on your radar for the upcoming Belgian EU Presidency. Then, our own Beltug president will dive into the Data Act. Finally, we’ll hear from our Ministry of Economic Affairs about the new Broadband Competence Office (BCO).



(in English) Welcome and introduction

Levi Nietvelt, Business Manager, Beltug


(in English) Belgium’s digital priorities in EU legislation considering the upcoming Belgian Presidency of the EU Council

Holding the Presidency of the EU involves making deals and having a full overview. The next time Belgium will be at the helm of the EU Council will be in 2037, so we have seized this unique opportunity. In this presentation, you will get a general overview covering: the ongoing and upcoming digital priorities, the role Belgium plays, and what you should have on your radar.

Mieke de Regt, Digital Policy, Telecoms, Postal Services, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union


Q&A: Your questions, your experience


(in English) A true shift or just muddling along: what’s in the final Data Act for you?

In June, the final text of the Data Act was agreed. It aims to boost the EU’s data economy by unlocking industrial data, optimising its accessibility and use, and fostering a competitive and reliable European cloud market. Business users expressed concerns about the protection of trade secrets, and welcomed the protection against unfair contractual terms. Let’s hear what has been agreed and to what extent you will be able to switch between cloud data processing service providers. Or, does it all depend on the development of interoperability standards?

Claude Rapoport, Beltug president


Q&A: Your questions, your experience


(in English) How to get to high-speed connectivity: The Broadband Competence Office

Connectivity speed correlates positively with an affluent society. Yet, Belgium lags far behind in the EU in terms of low fibre roll-out and 5G (DESI index). When it comes to policy initiatives around the telecommunications sector, Belgium’s institutional complexity comes into full play. Let’s hear about that, and then learn about the Broadband Competence Office: its role, tasks and actions. And with the Belgian telecommunications ecosystem as the background, we will learn how the BCO aims to go forward.

Wim Scharpé, Head of Division, Telecommunication, FPS Economy


Q&A: Your questions, your experience


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