Paolo Cesarini

programme director European Digital Media Observatory

Paolo Cesarini is the Programme Director of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) and the European Media and Information Fund (EMIF) projects at the European University Institute. He also collaborates as a Senior Advisor at Teneo, a global CEO advisory firm, providing counsel in management, strategy and corporate communications.

Expert in media policies, Digital Single Market and EU competition law, Paolo Cesarini previously held management roles at the European Commission, namely in the Directorate-General for competition (DG COMP), covering both the antitrust and State aid policy areas, and in the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), where he led various initiatives addressing the technological transition of the European media industry, the interdependency of societal issues and digital media, online disinformation and the innovation gap between research, technology and culture.

Before joining the European Commission, he worked as a member of the Legal Service at the Inter-national Labour Organisation in Geneva. He has also been teaching EU competition law at the universities of Siena and Montpellier and is a frequent public speaker and author of various publications on EU competition and media laws.

Paolo holds a master’s in international law from the University of Siena and a LLM from the College of Europe, Bruges.

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