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FT Business Regulation Forum - Berlin

Collaborative Solutions and Effective Stakeholder Engagement

Berlin |
Speakers include:
Robert  Armstrong

Robert Armstrong

Financial Times

Anne Bucher

Anne Bucher

Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB)-European Commission

Tilen Božič

Tilen Božič

Ministry of Finance Slovenia


The third FT Business Regulation Forum took place in Berlin and brought together regulators, policy makers and senior industry leaders to discuss stakeholder engagement in regulatory policy and explore the role of the private sector as a participant in collaborative solutions in key areas including integrity and security, health and the environment. 

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Full Overview

Modern economies need sound regulatory frameworks that are conducive to development, innovation, investment and economic growth. Applied effectively, regulation contributes to a thriving, competitive and smooth functioning marketplace. Carried out poorly regulation undermines business innovation, competitiveness and citizens’ trust in government.

At the time of the event, progressive governments and policy makers around the world were concentrating their efforts in delivering “better regulation” – coherent, proportionate rules that were well-targeted and fit for purpose. In this process, they were aiming at reducing regulatory burden and opening up policy and regulation to make it more transparent, evidence based and backed up by the perspectives of citizens and stakeholders.

Key to these initiatives was strengthening the potential for cooperation between policy makers, regulators and market participants to improve decision making processes, to achieve real engagement and to strengthen the legitimacy of the regulations that were to be eventually issued. Establishing a constructive and open dialogue between policy makers, industry and regulators is essential to ensure positive outcomes. What are the best practices in engaging with stakeholders in the regulatory policy cycle? What is the impact of this engagement on compliance with regulations and better regulatory quality? How can business and regulators establish a constructive dialogue conducive to cooperation on key issues such as the environment, health and security? How can the private sector support and contribute as a proactive player to combat illegal trade? What are the unintended consequences of excessive regulation on illicit trade? What should regulators do in order to engage with consumers and corporations in a fast-moving regulatory landscape? How can business shift from a reactive to a proactive stance on regulation?


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Agenda - 30th Nov

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:15am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Robert Armstrong, Chief Editorial Writer, Financial Times

  • 9:25am
    Keynote Address and Interview

    Anne Bucher, Chair and Director General, Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB)-European Commission

    Interviewed by

    Robert Armstrong, Chief Editorial Writer, Financial Times

  • 9:55am
    Panel Discussion: Improving Regulatory Outcomes – Participation of Key Stakeholders
    • What are the guiding principles that regulators (government, parliament) and other public bodies should adopt for engaging stakeholders when developing policy and regulation? How can an effective and structured process contribute to a transparent regulatory system? When, with and who to consult? What are the challenges?
    • How can regulation become a mechanism for industry-wide cooperation on issues ranging from consumer protection to labour ethics? Where are the opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration in the design and implementation of regulation? In which ways can standards, self-regulation and other voluntary agreements be used to achieve public policy objectives?
    • What are the best tools and methods of engagement that ensure business’ views are effectively taken into account? What role should business play? Is there enough dialogue and collaboration with business at all stages of the regulation process? How can business’ contribution ensure better policy outcomes?
    • What are the best practices and the most recent EU initiatives impacting businesses in sectors such as retail and consumer goods? What is the latest on taxations, e-commerce, product labelling and advertising? Is business’ perspective effectively being taken into account?

    Mella Frewen, Director General, FoodDrinkEurope

    Alexander Kryvosheyev, Vice President Public Affairs, JTI

    Charles-Henri Montin, Independent Consultant on Regulatory Issues

    Daniel Tsygankov, Head of Center for Regulatory Impact Assessment, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

    Moderated by:

    Robert Armstrong, Chief Editorial Writer, Financial Times


  • 10:55am
    Networking Break
  • 11:10am
    Special Presentation

    Nurmatbek Mambetaliev, Head of Tax Policy Division, Eurasian Economic Commission

  • 11:25am
    Combating Illicit Trade – Collaborative Approaches and the Role of Regulation
    • Illicit trade is and entrenched global phenomenon with far-reaching social, economic, and political impact. Although several efforts have been undertaken to tackle this plight, illicit markets continue to thrive. How can compliance with laws and regulations be incentivised to promote legitimate trade and drive criminal entrepreneurs out of business?
    • In which cases can excessive or ineffective regulation unintendedly contribute to the promotion of illegal trade instead of to its deterrence? Can it distort competition and make consumers switch to illegal products?
    • What is working in multi-sectoral international collaboration? How can government, law enforcement and the private sector pull efforts to propose impactful solutions to combat illegal trade?
    • What is the role of the private sector and its contribution to this multi-level response to illicit trade? How can business act proactively supporting governments and civil society? Where are the opportunities for collaborative efforts and public- private partnerships to identify, prevent and reduce risks of illicit trade along the supply chain?

    Tilen Božič, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Slovenia

    Lukasz Kolano, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Poland

    Siegmar Reiss, Head of Sector - Counterfeit Goods, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

    Žilvinas Šilėnas, President, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

    Toe Su Aung, Senior Policy Advisor, ICC BASCAP

    Moderated by:

    Robert Armstrong, Chief Editorial Writer, Financial Times

  • 12:25pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Consumer Goods Sector and Trade- Regulation and Compliance in a Complex Environment
    • What are the regulatory trends and most recent initiatives impacting the consumer goods industry and trade in Europe? What the latest measures related to advertising, labelling and special taxes on products such as soft drinks, alcohol, processed goods and tobacco and how they influence the operations of retail sector?
    • As businesses continue to come under the regulatory microscope with new rules, taxes and restrictions coming into force every day, what new strategies are corporations putting forward to ensure growth, diversity and competitiveness?
    • Are there enough mechanisms available to review the impact and effectiveness of regulation in the consumer goods sector and trade and address potential unintended consequences? What are the mechanisms to ensure that innovation is not stifled by regulation and that it instead enables transformation and disruption?
    • How can “smart” regulation of consumer goods companies be ensured? Is there a risk “over-regulation”? What could be the unintended consequences? Are there other ways to achieve public policy goals? What role can standards, self-regulation and voluntary agreements play in achieving environmental, health, security and other public objectives?
    • What can corporations do to better understand exposure to regulatory change, prioritise investment and engage with consumers and regulators in a fast-moving regulatory landscape? How can they shift from a reactive to a proactive stance on regulation?

    Johannes Richardt, Editor in Chief, Novo

    Andreea Paul, President, INACO - The Initiative for Competitiveness

    Alexey Popovichev, Executive Director, RusBrand

    Tomáš Prouza, former Deputy Minister of Finance and former State Secretary for European Affairs, Prime Minister's Office, Czech Republic

    Moderated by:

    Robert Armstrong, Chief Editorial Writer, Financial Times


  • 2:45pm
    Wrap-up Discussion - Better Regulation

    In this closing session, our expert speakers will reflect on the initiatives, policies and practices presented during the day, discussing the current state of play, opportunities, challenges and priorities in better regulation.  

    Moderated by:

    Robert Armstrong, Chief Editorial Writer, Financial Times

  • 3:15pm
    Chair's Closing Remarks

    Robert Armstrong, Chief Editorial Writer, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Networking Reception

Chair (1)

Robert  Armstrong

Robert Armstrong

US Finance Editor
Financial Times

Robert Armstrong is US Finance Editor at the Financial Times, having previously been the FT’s Chief Editorial Writer and prior to that, Head of the FT’s Lex column, which has been dispensing pithy, pungent and analytically informed financial commentary for nearly 80 years. Before joining the FT, Robert was a columnist at Dow Jones and an analyst at Seminole Capital, a long/short hedge equity fund. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University.

Speakers (15)

Anne Bucher

Anne Bucher

Chair and Director General
Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB)-European Commission


In the European Commission since 1983, Anne Bucher is Director-General and Chair of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board since March 2016.

Before that she was Director for Structural Reforms and Competitiveness in the Directorate General for economic and financial affairs since March 2011.   

Trained as an economist and statistician in Paris (PhD in Macroeconomics - Ecole des Hautes Etudes and Master’s Degree from Ecole Nationale de Statistique et d'Administration Economique), Anne Bucher has worked in various fields of European policies: macroeconomic forecast and models, structural funds, evaluation of employment policies, enlargement, development aid, information society strategy and economic analysis of EU tax policy. She has held various management positions, including administrative management positions for HR and budget management.


Tilen Božič

Tilen Božič

State Secretary
Ministry of Finance Slovenia

Tilen Božič graduated at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He worked as a tax advisor at one of the »Big 4« audit companies based in Ljubljana between 2007 and 2011, with the focus on corporate and personal income taxation, tax due diligences, tax risk identification and mitigation as part of audit team support, and various other taxation-related projects. In 2011 he started working for a local start-up tax advisory company, where he was responsible for corporate income tax services and personal taxation. He drove the expansion of the initial business to bookkeeping and accounting services through a newly established company. He left both companies after being elected to the National assembly of the Republic of Slovenia in 2014, where he was a member of various parliamentary working bodies including the Committee on Finance and Monetary Policy (Vice President), the Commission for Public Finance Control and the Committee on EU Affairs. In September 2016 he was appointed as a State secretary at the Ministry of finance, where he is responsible for the System of Tax, Customs and Other Public Finance Revenues and the Financial Authorities of Slovenia.

Siegmar Reiss

Siegmar Reiss

Head of Sector - Counterfeit Goods
European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

Siegmar Reiss is a Senior Official of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). He has long-standing practical experience in investigations. Since September 2016 he heads the Counterfeit Goods Investigations Sector in OLAF.

Mr Reiss is a former officer of the German Customs Investigation Service. He worked for the World Customs Organization (WCO) from 1997 until 2000. In the WCO he was in charge of analysis of seizure data and information exchange between the WCO member states and the Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO). He was also in charge of a UN project, establishing joint control units (police/customs) in the seaports of Eastern and Southern Africa. Already in March 2000 he joined the then newly established European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). He investigated into large scale cigarette smuggling and into corruption and serious professional misconduct within the EU Institutions. In 2012 he became in charge of the Customs Anti-Fraud Sector in the respective policy unit of OLAF, where he mainly dealt with the implementation of Joint Customs Operations and customs mutual assistance between EU Member States and between the EU and third countries. He also represented OLAF in the Customs Cooperation Working Party (CCWP) of the Council of the European Union. In 2015 he joined for 10 months a team in the European Commission's DG for Migration and Home Affairs, which drafted the weekly situation report (ISAA-Report) on the migration crisis.

Mr Reiss holds a Diploma in Finance and a postgraduate Master’s Degree in European Administrative Management.

Mella Frewen

Mella Frewen

Director General

Mella Frewen is the Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry, since July 2007.

Ms Frewen’s previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, dealing with agricultural biotechnology, conventional agriculture, seeds and agri-chemistry.

Prior to that, she was Director, International Relations for Cerestar, then Europe’s biggest starch producer. From this role and her earlier ones in the Ferruzzi and Eridania Bégin-Say Groups, stationed in Brussels, she has a wide experience of relations with International institutions, with the Institutions of the European Union and trade associations within the food chain, as well as with the agri-food and non-food, and chemical sectors.

Ms Frewen has represented the Food Industry in the several EU Commission Advisory Committees and Standing Committees. She is currently member of the EU Commission’s High Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, of its Scientific Jury for EUCYS (Competition for Young Scientists) and of the EU Commission's TTIP Advisory group. She is also member of several food industry-related Boards.

At the OECD & FAO, Ms Frewen is Vice President of the Advisory Group for Responsible Business Conduct along Agricultural Supply Chains. She is also Co-chair of the European food “Supply Chain Initiative” (SCI) for fair business practices across the food chain.

She has worked in the Agri-food sector in Europe for 27 years. She has a Master’s of Science degree from the National University of Ireland, and completed a post-graduate course at the University of Brussels (ULB). She also holds a Harvard certificate on Agribusiness and an INSEAD certificate on International Operations Management.


Tomáš  Prouza

Tomáš Prouza

former State Secretary for European Affairs, Czech Republic

Tomas Prouza graduated from the University of Economics of Prague, Czech Republic in 1998, majoring in economics and diplomacy, minoring in economic journalism. He went on to further his economic studies and received his MBA from The Open University in the United Kingdom in 2005, while focusing on management and human resources issues.

Originally an economic journalist since 1996, Mr. Prouza founded the first Czech personal finance website in 2000, focusing on retail financial services and personal finance, including the issues of retail finance regulation and financial consumer protection.


Between 2004 and 2007 he was deputy minister of finance of the Czech Republic, responsible for financial services, European Union and international relations as well as preparations for the euro adoption, serving as the first "Mr. Euro" in the Czech Republic. He was also responsible for restructuring the financial sector supervision and developing the integrated supervisory institution in the Czech Republic.


Between 2007 and 2011, he was a member of the board of Partners, the largest Czech personal finance advisory company, and was responsible for regulatory and compliance affairs. Between 2009 and 2011 he was also the chairman of the board of the Czech Association of Financial Advisers and assisted the government in developing the new regulatory system for retail financial product distribution.


Between 2007 and 2014, he was the Senior Financial Sector Specialist of the World Bank in the areas of financial consumer protection, financial education and financial inclusion. He worked on projects in Europe, Central Asia and Africa and cooperated with the European Union, OECD and CGAP on the development of the retail financial consumer protection systems and the systems of market conduct supervision. He is also a co-author of the Market Conduct Supervisory Training Program of Toronto Centre.


In 2014, he has returned to Prague and until March 2017 served as the State Secretary for the European Union of the Government of the Czech Republic developing, coordinating and implementing European policies of the Czech Republic.


Since April 2017 he serves as the principal EU advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, teaches EU-related issues and advises the World Bank on financial consumer protection.


Charles -Henri Montin

Charles -Henri Montin

Independent Consultant on Regulatory Issues

Charles Henri Montin is an independent consultant, and a Senior Associate with Jacobs, Cordova and Associates, international leaders in regulatory reform since March 2014. He advises governments and regulators on the development of their regulatory policies and capacities and provides training for senior officials. He also counsels industry stakeholders on the same issues.  To deliver projects, he draws on expertise developed from 25 years (1989-2014) of experience of regulatory matters and public management, both at the national level (in his country, France) and the international level (NATO, E.U. and OECD as staff member, and World Bank as short-term consultant). He has worked in some 25 countries since 2004.

An alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (France), he first joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then opted for an international career (1989-2004) in management positions at CERN-Geneva, UN and NATO.

Daniel  Tsygankov

Daniel Tsygankov

Head of Center for Regulatory Impact Assessment
Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Daniel Tsygankov is Head of Center for Regulatory Impact Assessment and Assistant Professor at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics (Moscow). Prior to this, he was a Director of Moscow-based Center for Program and Policy Evaluation Ltd. Since 2005 he has participated as an expert / team leader in a number of research projects on impact assessment for Russian ministries, sub-national government bodies of Russian Federation, Eurasian Economic Commission and for private sector as well. He is a member of International Association for Impact Assessment and of the Standing Group on Regulatory Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research. He has a PhD in Political Sociology from St. Petersburg State University.

Toe Su Aung

Toe Su Aung

Senior Policy Advisor

Toe Su is Senior Policy advisor to ICC BASCAP and Director of Elipe Limited, specialist Strategy and Policy Consultants in IP, Digital, Business & Human Rights and Sustainability based in London. . The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) created Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) to unite businesses across multiple sectors to deal with the significant growing problem of illicit trade in counterfeit and pirated products. Members of BASCAP include: Apple, Bayer, Baker-McKenzie, British American Tobacco, Chanel, Croplife International,  Hewlett Packard, HP Enterprise, Johnson & Johnson, Honda, Japan Tobacco International, Kering, Lacoste, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Merck, Moncler, NBC Universal, Nestle, Nintendo, Pfizer, Philip Morris International,  Shell, SKF, Tommy Hilfiger, Unilever, Western Digital.

Andreea Paul

Andreea Paul

INACO - The Initiative for Competitiveness

Andreea Maria Paul (Vass) is Associate professor, PhD, at the Department of International Business and Economics, Bucharest University of Economic Studies Romania and ex-senior researcher at National Scientific Research Institute for Economy (2001-2008), ex-economic adviser for the Romanian Presidency (2005-2007), for a MP of the European Parlament (2007-2008), for the Romanian Governement, of two Prime-Ministers (2009-2012) and an ex-Member of the Romanian Parliament (2012-2016), having more than 16 years of experience in socio-economic research and public policy making. Currently she is the founder and president of the Romanian think-tank INACO - Initiative for Competitiveness (2017).

She holds a PhD diploma in International Business and Economics from 2008 and relevant publicistic activity.  She has a rich experience in academic teaching and economic research, teaching courses as international economics, European economic governance and global economic governance.

Her main areas of interest include among others: competitiveness analysis, gender economics, international macroeconomics, analysis and evaluation of public policies, etc.

Žilvinas  Šilėnas

Žilvinas Šilėnas

Lithuanian Free Market Institute

Lithuanian Free Market Institute

Žilvinas Šilėnas has a 10 years experience in research, policy analysis and advocacy. His fields of expertise include energy, taxation and inequality. Mr Šilėnas  is also a co-author of an award-winning economics textbook for upper secondary schools Economics in 31 Hours. He holds a Master’s degree in financial economics from the ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University, USA

Johannes  Richardt

Johannes Richardt

Editor in Chief

Johannes Richardt is Editor in Chief of the German political magazine Novo. He’s a Founding Member of the liberal think tank Freiblickinstitut e.V., which has published the Freedom Manifesto. He has published in various publications including Die Welt, Cicero, or spiked

Lukasz  Kolano

Lukasz Kolano

Executive Director
Global Compact Network Poland

Lukasz Kolano is the Executive Director for the Global Compact Network in Poland. Mr Kolano has been working for UN System, for UNFPA, UNV and UNDP since 2002 and  since 2013 he has been developing and coordinating Global Compact Local Network in Poland. He is an expert on development assistance policies and sustainable development, with extensive experience on implementation of EU structural funds and UN knowledge transfer programmes. He is a graduate of Warsaw University's Economic Faculty with Focus on R&D sector. At theGlobal Compact he is currently implementing programmes on anticorruption, combating shadow economy and ethics & compliance systems. 

Alexey  Popovichev

Alexey Popovichev

Executive Director

Graduated from the Foreign Languages department at Moscow State Pedagogical University and majored in Public Relations at the Department of Journalism at Moscow State University. Professor at the European Institute of Public Relations. Started his professional career in Rosvneshreklama Advertising Agency as Head of Marketing Department and shortly was promoted to the position of Vice-President. In 1999 founded RVR Communications Consulting Company. Since 2001 specializes in IPR and brand protection. In 2006 he was appointed Executive Director of RusBrand, leading Russian association of branded goods manufacturers.

Nurmatbek  Mambetaliev

Nurmatbek Mambetaliev

Head of Tax Policy Division
Eurasian Economic Commission

Nurmatbek Mambetaliev has been the Head of the Tax Policy Division of the Custom Union Commission since 2010. Now he oversees the issues of fiscal policy in the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Previously, Mr Mambetaliev has worked in interstate integration structures since 1996. He is the developer of interstate documents that form the regulatory and legal basis of the Eurasian Economic Union in the tax sphere.

He serves as a Executive Secretary Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Tax Policy and Administration attached to the Eurasian Economic Commission. He is responsible for the preparation and conduct of meetings, the functioning of the expert groups and subcommittees.

Mr Mambetaliev is the author of the books Tax Law of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), Tax Systems of the EurAsEC, Taxes and Taxation in the CIS, Taxes of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space, as well as numerous articles on taxes and taxation in the Eurasian Union and in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Mr Mambetaliev is PhD, Professor of the Chair of Taxes and Taxation of the Moscow Tax Institute, Member of the Chamber of Tax Consultants, Coordinator of the Eurasian Fiscal Academy (the educational programme), Counselor of the Tax Service of the First Rank.

Alexander  Kryvosheyev

Alexander Kryvosheyev

Vice President Corporate Development Eastern Europe Region
Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

Alexander Kryvosheyev is Vice President of Corporate Development, Eastern Europe region, for Japan Tobacco International.


Mr. Kryvosheyev joined the company (then R.J. Reynolds International) in 1994 in Kiev as a public relations specialist. He was transferred to JTI’s headquarters in Geneva in 2002, holding various positions of growing responsibility in the corporate affairs and regulatory domains.


Mr. Kryvosheyev holds a degree from a Foreign Languages Institute in Kiev, where he also started his career in 1987.


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