MIL OSI – Source: Hubert Burda Media in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Burda… SummerNight 2016 – Setting the agenda in Brussels
Some 500 guests from the worlds of politics, business, the media and high society gathered on the terraces of the restaurant Kwint at the 2016 SummerNight. CEO Paul-Bernhard Kallen and board member Andreas Rittstieg also welcomed EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, the Bavarian Minister of State Beate Merk and numerous members of the European Parliament including Herbert Reul, Petra Kammerevert, Viviane Reding, Andreas Schwab und Axel Voss. Notable representatives from the Belgian arts and culture scene like Didier Vervaeren, professor at Belgium´s leading school of arts and design La Cambre, joined guests from the EU institutions to enjoy the view of the impressive Grand Place.
Setting the tone
The discussion revolved around a retrospective on the first DLDeurope: “In recent years we have conducted numerous discussions with the political decision-makers in Brussels,” said CEO Kallen. “With DLDeurope, we are continuing that dialog and elevating it to a new level.” Director of Corporate Communications Philipp Wolff stressed, “We have been able to establish our Burda SummerNight as one of Brussels’ most popular summer celebrations. Our intensive engagement in various areas enables us to convey political positions and debate current issues in a variety of formats. As such, Burda is establishing itself as a reliable partner in the political arena – and as an agenda-setter for the European capital.”
Keeping the markets open
Europe’s digital agenda was another topic of interest. Paul-Bernhard Kallen emphasized: “Europe has made considerable headway in ensuring a level playing field in the digital world. From now on the same laws will apply across the board when it comes to data protection and tax issues. What is more, politicians are taking a completely different view of digital monopolies than just a few years ago. It is crucial to keep the digital markets open for new companies and not let them be cemented shut by monopolies.”