Governance

The European Internet Forum (EIF) is established as non-profit association (‘ASBL’) under Belgian law. It is governed by its Statutes and Bylaws, which have been updated in October 2014 and December 2014 respectively.

EIF's structure reflects the principle of political leadership and control, while ensuring openness, participation and equity for business and associates members, who support EIF financially through annual fees.

Below you will find more details about EIF's governing bodies and the current members in charge.

A diagram of the EIF governance can be found here: pdf download

A diagram of the EIF programming process can be found here: pdf download


GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The General Assembly includes all EIF members and meets at least once a year for the Annual General Assembly. The full list of EIF members can be found here.

  • All Political Members (MEPs)
  • All Business Members
  • All Associate Members

PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

The Programming Committee (PC) is the real ‘engine’ of the EIF. Co-chaired by a Steering Committee MEP and a Business Board member, it includes all EIF members and meets regularly to discuss and propose the EIF programme of activities.

  • All Political Members (MEPs)
  • All Business Members
  • All Associate Members 

STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee (SC) is the most important governing body of the EIF. It sets the strategy of the EIF, approves the programme of activities based on a proposal by the Programming Committee (see above), decides on membership, appoints the Programming Committee co-chairs and advises the Board of Management.

The SC is chaired by an MEP and includes (current composition as  from 21 April 2015):

8 Business Board members: see further below

6 Associate Board members: see further below

External personalities (upon invitation of the Political Members):

  • James Elles, former MEP, EIF Co-founder

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

The Board manages administrative and financial matters. Chaired by a Business Board member, it includes (current composition as from 8 October 2014):

Business Board members:

  • Peter Olson, Ericsson - Chair of the Board
  • Karim Antonio Lesina, AT&T
  • Tilmann Kupfer, BT
  • Joachim Hoenig, Deutsche Telekom
  • Vianney Hennes, Orange
  • Andreas Tegge, SAP
  • Carlos Rodriquez Cocina, Telefonica
  • Thomas Spiller, Walt Disney

Associate Board members:

  • John Higgins, DIGITALEUROPE
  • Nicola Frank, EBU
  • Siada El Ramly, EDiMA
  • Margot Dor, ETSI
  • Innocenzo Genna, EuroISPA

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