Franck Thomas

Franck
Thomas

Senior Associate

Franck is a Senior Associate in the TMT practice at Global Counsel. A telecoms engineer by training, Franck is an experienced Brussels political consultant who has advised clients in the telecoms, cybersecurity and space sectors. He also has first-hand experience of the workings of the European Commission in humanitarian aid and civil protection.

At Global Counsel, Franck advises clients engaging with and responding to the EU’s Digital Single Market agenda and wider trends and changes in ICT, telecoms and technology policy and regulation.  

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Cyber-attacks: testing the EU’s defences

Author: 
Thomas
3 Aug 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone
UK

British retailer Dixons Carphone reported on Tuesday that ten million customers may have been affected by a cyber-attack. This is yet another example of the privacy breaches that are affecting every day operations of European companies. The Dixons Carphone incident follows other major cyber-attacks. The WannaCry and NotPetya attacks led to substantial financial losses for firms across France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

Europe in the Global Economy

Authors: 
Capparelli
Ninomiya
Smotrov
Terry
Thomas
White
12 Jul 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone
UK
Russia & CIS
Multilateral

A distinctive feature of President Juncker’s “political” European Commission was a single set of collective top-down priorities, rather than a stitching together of the agendas of individual commissioners. In 2014, this meant a focus on economic reforms to restore growth lost during the 2008 financial crisis: a digital single market, a capital markets union and an investment plan for Europe. Events inevitably challenged this strategy — an unprecedented refugee crisis, Brexit, the emergence of new security threats — but it proved more resilient than many expected at the outset of the “last chance” Commission.

Investing in telecoms: missing the opportunity?

Author: 
Thomas
10 Jul 2018
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

Back in 2016, with the Digital Single Market agenda still in its infancy, the European Commission launched its ambitious reform of telecoms regulation. The so-called European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) was presented with great fanfare and with the explicit goal of plugging Europe’s €155 billion investment gap in digital infrastructure. The ultimate aim of the proposal was to provide high speed connectivity at lower prices to European consumers, a prerequisite to ensure the political acceptability of any reform in Brussels.