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.
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.
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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
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
Director and head of the Brussels office at Copenhagen Economics
Senior Fellow, Bruegel
Computer and Communications Industry Association
Professor of Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia
Director Directorate C, DG COMP
Research Fellow, Bruegel
Deputy Director, BusinessEurope
Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG COMP
Head of Economic Affairs, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union
Director-General of Economic Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
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