Maria Martin-Prat, Head of the Copyright Unit: DG CNECT, will join the Single Market task force to discuss Geo-blocking and Service Portability.
As well as delivering a short keynote speech Ms. Martin-Prat will take part in an extended Q&A session.
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Ms. Martin-Prat is Head of the Copyright Unit in the European Commission Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). Her Unit is responsible for the development and enforcement of the EU rules in the area of copyright and related rights as well as for international negotiations in bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Before joining the Copyright Unit, Ms Martin-Prat was already a Head of Unit in DG MARKT, responsible for free movement of services and freedom of establishment and, notably, the 2006 Service Directive. Prior experience in the Commission includes being a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Joaquin Almunia (responsible at the time for Economic and Monetary Affairs), being a member of the "Media, Commercial Communications and Unfair Competition Unit" in DG MARKT (where she was part of team that drafted the 2000 Directive on electronic commerce and was responsible in particular for the chapter on limitations to the liability of Internet Services Providers) and of the Copyright Unit in DG MARKT (the Unit she is heading now) where she was responsible for the negotiations of the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaties. Other work experience includes having worked in the private sector (in London as Director of Legal Policy for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) and in European Parliament (where she was responsible for the EP reports on the 1993 Cable and Satellite Directive and the 1993 Term of Protection Directive). Ms. Martin-Prat is admitted as a solicitor in Spain and has two postgraduate degrees on European Law.