Competition policy in the digital age: Balancing innovation and regulation

5 December 2023, Brussels
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Highlights from the 2023 Edition

About the event

Join us on 5 December in Brussels for the European Digital Competition Day, a dynamic conference exploring the role of competition law and regulation in the rapidly evolving digital landscape, and what the latest developments mean for innovation and growth in Europe.
As the digital age transforms industries, economies and the field of law itself, this full-day event gathers thought leaders from all across Europe – including experts from the European Commission, national competition authorities, the tech industry, legal practitioners, and academia.

The event will be held in person. Participation is free of charge, although registration is required, and the discussion can be joined on social media using #DigitalCompetitionDay.
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Who should participate?

  • Anyone with a professional interest in the future of European competition policy
  • Private legal practitioners
  • Representatives from National Competition Authorities and national courts
  • Public authorities dealing with competition policy
  • Industry representatives, trade associations, and in-house counsels working on competition issues
  • Economists
  • Academics


Registration & Welcome coffee
Word of welcome by the organisers
Panel I – New dynamics in merger control
  • Is merger control the key to preserving innovation in the digital era?
  • Laura Corbett (European Commission)
  • Bill Batchelor (Skadden)
  • David Foster (Frontier Economics)
  • Ben van Rompuy (Leiden University)
Coffee break
Panel II – Ex-ante regulation
  • DMA in action: A game changer or regulatory overreach?
  • Thomas Kramler (European Commission)
  • Giorgio Monti (Tilburg University)
  • Karina Nimară (Stan) (Developers Alliance)
  • Laurens Vandercruysse (VUB)
  • Jon von Tetzchner (Vivaldi Technologies)
  • Petra Wikström (Schibsted)
Lunch break
Keynote speech
  • Didier Reynders (European Commissioner for Justice & Competition)
Fireside chat
  • Stephanie Yon-Courtin MEP
  • Dom Hallas (Startup Coalition)
Coffee break
Panel III – Abuse of dominance in the platform economy
  • Article 102 TFEU in the digital age: Unleashing competition or restricting innovation?
  • Assimakis Komninos (White & Case)
  • Eliana Garces (Analysis Group)
  • Yann Guthmann (Autorité de la Concurrence)
  • Kathryn McMahon (University of Warwick)
  • Francisco Mingorance (CISPE)
Closing remarks
  • Steven Verschuur (General Court of the EU)
Networking drinks

About the speakers

Keynote address
Didier Reynders
European Commissioner for Justice and Competition
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Panel I: New dynamics in merger control / Moderator – Ben van Rompuy
Laura Corbett
Case Handler, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
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Bill Batchelor
Partner Antitrust & Competition at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
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David Foster
Director Competition Practice, Frontier Economics
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Ben van Rompuy
Assistant Professor of EU Competition Law at Leiden University (Netherlands); Managing editor of the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review
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Panel II: Ex-ante regulation / Moderator – Laurens Vandercruysse
Thomas Kramler
Head of the Unit Digital Platforms III, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
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Giorgio Monti
Professor of Competition Law, Tilburg University (Netherlands); Part-time professor at the Robert Schuman Center of the European University Institute in Florence (Italy)
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Karina Nimară (Stan)
Director of EU Policy & Head of Brussels Office, Developers Alliance
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Laurens Vandercruysse
Postdoctoral researcher, Imec-SMIT, VUB
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Jon von Tetzchner
Co-founder and CEO at Vivaldi Technologies
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Petra Wikström
Senior Director of Public Policy at Schibsted
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Fireside chat
Stephanie Yon-Courtin MEP
Member of European Parliament, Rapporteur on the Digital Markets Act for the Parliament's ECON Committee
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Dom Hallas
Executive Director of the Startup Coalition (United Kingdom)
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Panel III: Abuse of dominance in the platform economy / Moderator – Eliana Garces
Assimakis Komninos
Partner, Brussels office of White & Case LLP
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Yann Guthmann
Head of the Digital Economy Unit, Autorité de la Concurrence (France)
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Kathryn McMahon
Associate Professor at the School of Law, the University of Warwick (United Kingdom)
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Eliana Garces
Senior Adviser at Analysis Group
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Francisco Mingorance
Secretary General of CISPE
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Closing remarks
Steven Verschuur
Judge at the General Court of the European Union
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The venue

The event takes place at the Sofitel Brussels Europe hotel (Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels), conveniently located in the European Quarter.

To reach the hotel by public transport, there are several options:

Take Metro 1 or 5 to ‘Schuman’ station plus a five-minute walk
Take Bus 59, 60 or 80 to ‘Jourdan’ plus a two-minute walk
For drivers the hotel has a car park that is accessible at an hourly/daily rate. If it is full, there is a paid parking garage near the hotel called Parkbee (Chaussée d’Etterbeek 64, 1000 Brussels).

This conference is organised by the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe), Lexxion, and the VUB’s Brussels Centre for Competition Policy and Brussels School of Governance.

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