Roberto Viola

Roberto Viola

Director General - DG CONNECT

Dr Roberto Viola was appointed Director General at DG CONNECT, European Commission in September 2015.

From September 2012 to August 2015, Dr Viola held the position of Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, with responsibilities for Electronic Communications Networks and Services Directorate, Cooperation Directorate – International and Inter-institutional relations, stakeholders cooperation, Coordination Directorate – Growth and Jobs, Innovations and Knowledge Base, Media and Data Directorate.

Dr Viola previously held the position of  Director of regulation department and technical Director, at AGCOM (1999 – 2004), and was in charge of, inter alia, regulation in terrestrial, cable and satellite television, frequency planning, access and interconnection of communication services, cost accounting and tariff in telecommunication and broadcasting services.

He has also held the positions of the Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM (Italian media and telecom regulator) from 2005 to 2012, Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) for 2012-2013, where he was also Deputy Chairman for 2011and Chairman for 2010.

Dr Viola was on the Board of BEREC (Body of European Telecom Regulators) and during 2007 he was Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG). From 1985 to 1999 he served in various positions as a staff member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in particular and has been head of telecommunication and broadcasting satellite services.

Dr Viola holds a doctor degree in electronic engineering, Dr Eng and an MBA in business administration.


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