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Mar
9
10:30

Global competition and digital change: How should we update European competition policy?

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The event addresses the need for modernising European competition policy due to structural changes in the economy caused by shifting global economic landscapes on the one hand and ongoing digitization of the economy on the other.

March 9, 2020, 10:30 am Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Public | On the Record Livestreamed Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy

The question whether trade policy instruments are fit for coping with the rise of state capitalism and a new dimension of state subsidies is already been discussed intensively in trade policy debates. Whether in this context competition law might also need to be updated and whether this should encompass new instruments are less debated questions which the first panel will address.

The second panel will build on this and discuss whether (and how) competition law needs to be updated with a view to ongoing digitization of the economy, seeing that digital technologies not only change the structure of markets but also open up new levels of strategic global competition. Access to data or digital infrastructure are important facets of this discussion in which Europe needs to find its own answers.

This event will be livestreamed. There is no need to register for the livestream. 

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Schedule

Mar 9, 2020

10:30-11:00

Check-in and welcome coffee

11:00-12:30

Panel 1: State capitalism and subsidies. How can we ensure the level playing field in the internal market?

Chair: Guntram B. Wolff, Director, Bruegel

Alicia García-Herrero, Senior Fellow, Bruegel

Luisa Santos, Deputy Director, BusinessEurope

Christof Schoser, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG COMP

Maarten Smit, Head of Economic Affairs, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union

Philipp Steinberg, Director-General of Economic Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

12:30-13:00

Lunch

13:00-14:30

Panel 2: Digital platforms and antitrust. Should competition law be updated and how?

Chair: Georgios Petropoulos, Research Fellow, Bruegel

Adina Claici, Director and head of the Brussels office at Copenhagen Economics

Kay Jebelli, Computer and Communications Industry Association

Kai-Uwe Kühn, Professor of Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

Guillaume Loriot, Director Directorate C, DG COMP

Achim Wambach, President, ZEW

14:30

End

Speakers

Adina Claici

Director and head of the Brussels office at Copenhagen Economics

Alicia García-Herrero

Senior Fellow, Bruegel

Kay Jebelli

Computer and Communications Industry Association

Kai-Uwe Kühn

Professor of Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

Guillaume Loriot

Director Directorate C, DG COMP

Georgios Petropoulos

Research Fellow, Bruegel

Luisa Santos

Deputy Director, BusinessEurope

Christof Schoser

Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG COMP

Maarten Smit

Head of Economic Affairs, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union

Philipp Steinberg

Director-General of Economic Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Achim Wambach

President, ZEW

Guntram B. Wolff

Director, Bruegel

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Katja Knezevic

[email protected]

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