Third Annual Conference on Competition Enforcement in the Recently Acceded Member State

9 April, 2011

One month to go until this year’s annual conference.

This year the annual conference concentrating on competition policy in the new Member States is going to be organised in Warsaw on the 10th of May 2011. The conference is co-organised by the Hungarian Competition Law Research Centre, University of Reading and the Lazarski University under the auspices of UOKiK.

This conference is following from last year’s very successful conference in Brno and the year before in Budapest.

Countries that recently acceded to the European Union have long history with competition law. Most of these countries also represent smaller, open market economies, which have faced a rapid privatisation process. Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary have also endured several common historical events that make them face similar market situations and problems including inter alia excessive pricing, bid rigging, refusal to access as well as issues related to the current financial crisis.

The conferences in previous years have involved many practitioners, public officials and academics from several countries (See the programs: Budapest and Brno). With this year’s program we follow this tradition.

You can see the program here.

The event is sponsored by Hansberry Competition, Wardyński & Partners, White & Case and Wierzbowski Eversheds.


WORKSHOP: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE REGULATION OF THE TELECOM INDUSTRY

28 June, 2010

Program and registration

13:00 – 13:05 – Opening remarks

13:05 – 14:45 – Recent development in the regulatory framework of the telecom sector

  • The user’s right in the telecommunication market (Philippe Achilleas, IDEST)
  • Competition & devices : Recent developments for the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment regulatory framework. (Bernard Thery – Legal Director frequencies NRA, France)
  • Opening up the (radio)spectrum (Dániel Arányi, Réczicza White & Case)
  • Next Generation Network : free competition or regulation of the market? (Frederic Peron, IDEST)

    14:45-15:00 Coffee break


    15:00 – 16:45 – Recent development in competition policy in the telecoms industry

    • The intersection of competition law and policy with telecom regulation (Tibor Szántó, Gazdasági Versenyhivatal, Hungarian Competition Authority)
    • Recent EU competition policy trends in the telecom sector  (Péter Vörös, Kajtár Takács Hegymegi- Barakonyi Baker & McKenzie)
    • Recent cases in the telecoms sector in competition law in Hungary (Pál Szilágyi, HCLRC)
    • Convergence in telecom: an analyse of the cross selling practices (Anais Magloff, Orange/ Sofrecom)

      16:45 – 16:50 – Closing remarks

      There are only a limited number of places available to the conference. You can register here.


      OFFTOPIC: NEW VALUES AFTER THE LISBON TREATY – 7 JULY 2010

      28 June, 2010

      One of the hallmarks of European integration has been the construction of a community, latterly a union, based on shared values. These values are common to all Member States and, according to Article 49 EU, aspirant members are obliged to respect them and be committed to promoting them before applying to accede to the Union. Nevertheless these values not only provide criteria against which to measure countries’ readiness to join but also in fact imbue the entire functioning of the Union.

      In the post-Lisbon context, this conference — organised by the Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Science — brings together some of the most respected academics in European law today to expound upon the impact of a value-based approach to their own specialist field. With leading thinkers drawn from a diverse selection
      of spheres, participants at the conference are warmly encouraged to discuss and interact in order to contribute to a more complete understanding of the role and importance of values in the EU legal area.

      In welcoming speakers and participants to the conference, we trust that the exchange of ideas and fruitful academic intercourse will encourage greater appreciation of the pivotal nature of the values underlying the continuing evolution of EU law and its legal system in the new environment engendered by the Lisbon Treaty.

       

      More information here: http://www.eulaw-conferences.com/


      International Antitrust Litigation – Conflict of laws and coordination

      2 March, 2010

      On March 26, 2010, Louvain University, University Paris 2 and the Max Planck Institute organize a conference on “International Antitrust Litigation – Conflict of laws and coordination” in Brussels.  It will cover a broad range of issues including rules on jurisdiction, applicable law and recognition of judgments, but also on sharing of evidence, protection of business secrets and interplay between administrative and judicial procedures.

      For more information click here.


      Three weeks left

      20 April, 2009

      Competition Enforcement in the Recently Acceded Member States

      Location: Budapest – Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

      Date: 08 May 2009

      See more here.

       

      Why?

      Countries that recently acceded to the European Union have long history with competition law. Most of these countries also represent smaller, open market economies, which have faced a rapid and recent privatisation process. These countries have also endured several common historical events that make them face similar market situations and problems including inter alia excessive pricing, bid rigging, refusal to access as well as issues related to the current financial crisis.

      Topics include

      The aim of this conference is to address issues that arise in competition enforcement in these rapidly developing economies with ever increasing competition expertise. This one day conference will address topics in the application of competition legislation on anticompetitive agreements, unilateral conduct, as well as issues related to the application of competition legislation in the wake of the financial crisis.

      Speakers

      Our speakers include the President of the Hungarian NCA (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal), the Head of Competition Outreach at OECD, the VIce-President of the Polish NCA (Office of Competition and Consumer Protection), Vice-Chairman of the Czech NCA (Office for the Protection of Competition), Members of the Hungarian Competition Council, Chief-Economist of the Hungarian NCA, senior OECD experts, highly acknowledged academics, officials and lawyers from leading regional law firms.

      Sponsors

      We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following sponsors:

       

      Our media partner is


      Call for Papers: WORKSHOP ON COMPETITION POLICY AND REGULATION IN MEDIA MARKETS

      19 March, 2009

      WORKSHOP ON COMPETITION POLICY AND REGULATION IN MEDIA MARKETS:
      Bridging Law and Economics

      Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June 2009
      TILEC, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

      The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) will organise a workshop on 
      Competition Policy and Regulation in Media Markets at Tilburg University (The
      Netherlands) on Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June 2009.

      Call for Papers 
      The goal of the conference is to bring together academics working on media-
      related issues and to foster interdisciplinary interaction between economists 
      and lawyers. A growing number of lawyers and economists work on media-
      related topics, but often independently from each other. We believe there is still
      much to be gained by bringing the two groups together. Scholars of the two disci-
      plines have different approaches and often move in different policy circles. 
      However, economic reasoning and analysis are taking an increasingly important 
      position within the application of law in the broad field of media, both in the area 
      of sector-specific regulation and in competition law. Moreover, the electronic 
      communications sector (telecom, broadcasting, Internet) is of utmost importance 
      to the economic development and to social cohesion. 
      Hence, it is essential that media scientists from the two disciplines share their 
      expert knowledge in order to propose high quality regulation to policy makers.

      The objective of the ‘Competition Policy and Regulation in Media Markets’ work-
      shop is to have economic and legal contributions of the highest quality, but effort 
      in presenting it to a mixed audience is expected. Economists are expected to
      bring in reasons to regulate/not regulate/how to regulate according to economic 
      theory, lawyers to bring in knowledge of the current regulation, of court decisions 
      and of the legal feasibility of regulation proposals. Each presenter will be 
      assigned a discussant. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented articles are 
      welcome.

      A non-exclusive list of topics of interest is:
      – The goal of public intervention: efficiency vs. pluralism
      – The impact of convergence and digitalization 
      – Network neutrality
      – The New Audiovisual Media Services Directive in the EU
      – The EU Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications
      – Market structure and political outcomes
      – Media mergers and pluralism
      – Media bias: measurement and determinants 
      – Scope for public ownership and public intervention
      – Financing of public service broadcasting
      – Regulation of advertising and media content
      – Media as two-sided markets
      – Piracy, peer-to-peer, copyright 
      – Exclusive contracts
      – Vertical integration between distribution and content provision
      – Price discrimination, dynamic pricing, versioning, and bundling
      – Privacy, anonymity, security, digital rights management, trust

      Invited speakers
      Economics: Simon Anderson (University of Virginia), Joel Waldfogel (University of 
      Pennsylvania)
      Law: Nico van Eijk (University of Amsterdam), Rachael Craufurd Smith (Edinburg 
      Law School)

      Scientific committee
      Elena Argentesi (University of Bologna)
      Eric van Damme (Tilburg University)
      Nico van Eijk (University of Amsterdam)
      Lapo Filistrucchi (Tilburg University)
      Thomas Gibbons (University of Manchester)
      Ilse van der Haar (Tilburg University)
      Pierre Larouche (Tilburg University)
      Massimo Motta (University of Bologna)

      PRACTICAL INFORMATION

      Submissions
      The deadline for submission is March 29, 2009. Articles should be submitted in 
      PDF to TILEC-Media@uvt.nl. Long abstract are accepted but full papers are 
      preferred. In case you have any question(s), please contact the local organisation 
      committee (see below).

      Registration
      Authors of selected papers will be notified by April 6, 2009. TILEC will cover the 
      accommodation and travel expenses of conference participants who present 
      or discuss an accepted paper. Presenters might be asked to discuss a paper.

      Local organising committee/contacts persons

      Lapo Filistrucchi (Tilburg University), L.Filistrucchi@uvt.nl
      Ilse van der Haar (Tilburg University), ilse.vanderhaar@uvt.nl.


      Conference flyer – Competition Enforcement in the Recently Acceded Member States

      6 February, 2009


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      The Competition Law Research Centre and the Hungarian Competition Law Association organises a conference on the ‘Competition Enforcement in the Recently Acceded Member States’.

      For more information see the website of the conference: www.eccompetitionlaw.eu 

      Why?

      Countries that recently acceded to the European Union have long history with competition law. Most of these countries also represent smaller, open market economies, which have faced a rapid and recent privatisation process. These countries have also endured several common historical events that make them face similar market situations and problems including inter alia excessive pricing, bid rigging, refusal to access as well as issues related to the current financial crisis.

      Topics include

      The aim of this conference is to address issues that arise in competition enforcement in these rapidly developing economies with ever increasing competition expertise. This one day conference will address topics in the application of competition legislation on anticompetitive agreements, unilateral conduct, as well as issues related to the application of competition legislation in the wake of the financial crisis.

      Speakers

      Our speakers include the President of the Hungarian NCA (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal), the Head of Competition Outreach at OECD, the VIce-President of the Polish NCA (Office of Competition and Consumer Protection), Vice-Chairman of the Czech NCA (Office for the Protection of Competition), Members of the Hungarian Competition Council, Chief-Economist of the Hungarian NCA, senior OECD experts, highly acknowledged academics, officials and lawyers from leading regional law firms.

       

       

       

       

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