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Big Fat Brussels Meeting VIII

The Return of the BFBM


Our Big Fat Brussels Meeting in 2020 was indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic and eventually took place online. After three years of hiatus it is time to gather again in Brussels for a two-day, intensive work session on public policy files. Copyright is (mostly) transposed and the main content moderation law (DSA) has been passed, but there is a flurry of reforms to keep tabs on. Let's review them all, prioritise and form small "action teams" to work on them. The files include:

  1. Artificial Intelligence Act
  2. E-Privacy (stuck)
  3. E-Evidence (stuck)
  4. Data Act - implementation
  5. CSAM
  6. Political Advertising Online
  7. DMA - implementation
  8. Net Neutrality (Connectivity Infrastructure Act)
  9. European Media Freedom Act
  10. Right to Repair
  11. Combating violence against women and domestic violence

Practical Information[edit]


2 and 3 December 2022 (Friday & Saturday)


Square de Meeûs 35
1000 Brussels

Public transport[edit]

  • Busses: 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 71, 80, 95
  • The metro station is "Trône/Troon"

Travel Assistance[edit]

If your chapter, user-group or organisation doesn't provide travel funding, or if you are an individual, the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU has travel budget to help you out. Please contact dimi@wikimedia.be




Day 0 (optional) - Thursday before the event. We are going to attend a policy event and meet for evening drinks with those already in town.
Day 1 - We will gain on overview of the the ongoing legislative initiatives on the EU and national levels.
Day 2 - We will form "action teams" that take a deep-dive into legislative files and agree on action points.

The key desired outputs is:

  • To create small teams that work on specific legislative files.


Day 0 - Thursday - 1 December

Welcome drinks @ 19:30 @ London Calling (Place de Londres/Londonplain)
(not paid for by organiser)

Note: Belgian train strike on Tuesday-Thursday

Day 1 - Friday - 2 December

What's going on?!
Location: Silversquare, Square de Meeûs
9:00 Walk in, coffee
9:30 Facilitation, tour de table
10:00 What does everyone work on? Mapping topics
11:00 Break
11:15 WMF Time
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Policy updates from the EU
14:30 Forming "action groups" based on interests
15:00 National Showcases: France & Sweden
16:00 Agreeing on priorities and schedule for Day 2
16:30 Open space, any other business
17:00 End, free time
19:30 Drinks & Dinner (not paid by organiser)

Day 2 - Saturday - 3 December

Location: Digital Rights Hub, Rue Belliard 12
10:00 Walk in, coffee
10:30 Wikimedia Europe briefing
11:00 Action Groups: discussion on specific topis & potential actions
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Continue "action groups" work OR sharing between groups
14:30 Open Space (depends on needs)
15:30 Wrap-up
16:00 End

Confirm your presence[edit]

Please sign here if you'll attend the meeting:

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Past Meetings[edit]

Big Fat Brussels Meeting 2020
Big Fat Brussels Meeting 2019
Big Fat Brussels Meeting 2018
Big Fat Brussels Meeting 4
Big Fat Brussels Meeting - Episode 3
Big Fat Brussels Meeting - Volume 2
The inaugural Big Fat Brussels Meeting
Brussels Before It Was Big And Fat