Informal meeting of competitiveness and telecommunications ministers (COMPET)

Competitiveness Council (COMPET)

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On Tuesday 18 July, the informal meeting of competitiveness and telecommunications ministers takes place at Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel). 

Over two days, ministers focus their discussions on the functioning of the single market – the free movement of data and its application. The ministers of both fields along with entrepreneurs and scientists discuss the barriers to the free movement of data and the activities that would help eliminate these obstacles.

Photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.

Traffic changes

Information about the traffic changes related to the meeting is available on the website of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.


Accreditation for this event is now closed.

After selecting their preferred meetings, they will receive an accreditation confirmation via email, which must be presented with their ID at the accreditation desk in the press centre when collecting their badge. 

It is recommended to register for accreditation as soon as possible. The possibilities for last-minute accreditations are limited and could include delays. 

Accreditation badges can be collected at the press centre of Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) as of 17 July when the Digital Single Market Conference will take place.

Press centre opening times during the informal COMPET-TELECOM meeting on 18 July: 7.00-19.00

Arrival and departure

Attendees are kindly asked to organise their own transport to and from Tallinn International Airport. A taxi stand can be found just outside the arrivals hall. The fare from the airport to the city centre is between €5 and €10.




Doorstep interviews with Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip, Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson and Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo


Departures from hotels to Tallinn Creative Hub


Arrival of delegations


Tour de table


Opening of the joint Council meeting by the hosts

  • Interpretation: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Estonian


High-level insights into the free movement of data as the fifth freedom

  • Interpretation: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Estonian
  • Conclusions of the Free Movement of Data Conference by moderator Gareth Mitchell
  • Alex "Sandy" Pentland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Paul Hofheinz of Lisbon Council
  • Nick Burton of Belron


Family photo


Lunch debate - policy implications of free movement of data: making Europe a data economy

  • Interpretation: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Estonian
  • Delegation format: Heads of Delegation
  • Other delegates will have a buffet-lunch separately


Heading to respective breakout session rooms


Breakout sessions for Heads of Delegations

There will be two parallel breakout sessions covering the following areas:
(English, no interpretation)

COMPET: The single market as a service
Policy debate with practitioners and industry with a focus on single market for services

  • Chris Ferguson of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS)
  • Liam Maxwell of the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Karoli Hindriks of Jobbatical
  • Lars Albäck of Tilaajavastuu

TELECOM: Making 5G a success for Europe
Policy debate with industry and EP representatives: 5G deployment and spectrum

  • Hossein Moiin of Nokia
  • Michal Boni of European Parliament
  • Mariya Gabriel of European Commission


Moving back to the main meeting room

Coffee break


Closing remarks

  • Interpretation: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Estonian


Press conference

  • Interpretation: English, Estonian


Goodbye coffee


Transfers to hotels/airport


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia




Inga Bowden

Inga Bowden

Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU / Head of Communication

+32 22273910

Helena Kõrge

Helena Kõrge

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications / Spokesperson

Last update 28/12/2017 12:38