Webinar

11th New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference #2 Improving the effectiveness and the agility of competition law enforcement

2nd Webinar of the « 11th New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference » organised by Concurrences, in partnership with Advolis Orfis and Qualcomm, with Virginie Beaumeunier (Director General, DGCCRF), Olivier Guersent (Director General, DG COMP - European Commission), Michael Grenfell (Executive Director - Enforcement, UK Competition and Markets Authority), Laurence Idot (Emeritus Professor, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas | President, Concurrences Review Scientific Committee), Alvaro Ramos (Vice President - Head of Global Antitrust, Qualcomm) and Antoni Vassileff (Partner, Advolis Orfis).

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Laurence Idot presented the topic of the webinar, that is, the effectiveness of competition law enforcement. The success of enforcement relies on three pillars: its efficiency, its effectiveness and its efficacy. Competition law enforcement is effective in the sense that competition law rules are applied by competition authorities, which have issued a decision based on those rules. It is also efficient in that it has had some effects. However, is it efficacious? Various modifications to intervention tools have been recently contemplated. The European Commission has launched consultations on the Digital Service Act, for example. Furthermore, Ms Idot explained that the Covid-19 crisis has increased the urgency to take action and raised new challenges. Competition authorities have had to prove their ability to adapt their tools and measures. Until the rise of the current debates over the challenges of digitalisation, substantive rules had never been reconsidered. The existing toolbox is now being regarded as insufficient to tackle contemporary challenges.

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Speakers

  • DGCCRF (Paris)
  • Qualcomm (San Diego)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Advolis Orfis (Brussels)
  • University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
  • United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)