On the occasion of the EU Consumer Summit 2014, the European Commissioner for Consumer Policy, Neven Mimica said: "Consumers have a lot to gain from the digital economy: better deals to be found, more content to access and cheaper ways to communicate”. Completing the digital single market would benefit EU consumers by on average €400 a year, some €200 billion Europe wide. These figures make it clear that the digital economy brings real benefits for consumers, creating a favourable business environment. The European Commission is pursuing further preparatory steps to support the completion of the Digital Single Market by 2015. This will encompass targeted initiatives to foster the digital services economy, competition between online services and traditional telecoms services, digital interaction between citizens and governments, as well as the promotion of digital skills and the coordination of digital initiatives in Member States.
The EC strategy to address these challenges and finalise the Digital Single Market, with a deep insight into antitrust policy, will be the focus of the discussion with Linsey McCallum, Director, Markets and Cases II (Information, Communication and Media), DG Competition.
Linsey McCallum has been Director for Information, Telecommunications and Media in DG Competition since 1 July 2013, having been Acting Director since April 2011. She is responsible for the application of EU merger, antitrust and state aid law in these sectors. Linsey McCallum has worked for the Commission for 20 years largely focused on competition policy and has held a number of posts in DG Competition. These include Head of Unit for Transport, Post and Other Services between 2005 and 2011; policy assistant to the Director General with special responsibility for advising on merger and antitrust cases and policy and working on the modernisation of EU antitrust policy leading to the adoption of Regulation 1/2003. She served as a member of the private office of Vice-President Neil Kinnock between 1999 and 2002. She is a lawyer and studied at Glasgow University and the College of Europe in Bruges.