70th meeting of the Committee for Digital Economy Policy - Paris

The 70th meeting of the Committee for Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) was held on 2-4 December 2015 in Paris, where the Portuguese delegation was represented by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and ANACOM.

Note that despite being reserved for official representatives of OECD member countries, it included a joint session between the CDEP and the working party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy (WP SPDE), focusing on the current status of the requests by Latvia and Colombia to join the OECD.

Given that the ministerial meeting on the subject of the “Digital Economy: innovation, growth and social prosperity” will be held in the near future, on 22-23 June 2016 in the Mexican city of Cancún, this CDEP meeting basically focused on preparing for that ministerial meeting, specifically the composition of its panels, the subjects under discussion and other logistical aspects.

Also noteworthy was the proposed ministerial declaration to be adopted by participants in that meeting. Owing to the large number of contributions received, the lack of overall consensus and the need to have a uniform declaration, a meeting solely to resolve that matter has been scheduled for this coming 22-23 February.

The Committee also took note of the guidelines for CDEP’s working programme and budget for 2017-2018 and proceed to declassify by written procedure a document on “opportunities and challenges in developing a risk management approach to privacy”.

The dates of upcoming CDEP meetings have been provisionally scheduled for 30 March-1 April 2016 and 24 June 2016.