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The Annual Competition Policy Conference 2011

Building the New Economy: The role of competition

Chatham House, London

The role that competition policy can play in economic recovery is being re-evaluated in the light of economic challenges to developed economies. Tensions between the drives towards international harmonization and national autonomy in competition policy are re-emerging as economies seek policies that will enhance their growth.

Focusing on three key sectors - energy, financial services and new media - the conference will explore the extent to which national competition rules are compatible with the EU treaty and how these tensions between the single market and national competition regulations can be managed.

New media pose a particular challenge and formulating successful competition policy in this area has proved to be fraught, particularly in the light of the concept of net neutrality. Is a hands-off policy the best way to manage competition in new media markets? Or is the European Directive on e-commerce the best way forward?

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  • Edward Davey MP

    • Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, UK
  • John Fingleton

    • Chief Executive
  • Alexander Italianer

    • Director General, DG Competition
  • William E Kovacic

    • Commissioner
  • Huiying Li (in principle)

    • Head of Competition Policy Team, Electronic Intellectual Property Center
  • Jean-Pol Poncelet

    • Senior Vice President
  • Oliver Bretz

    • Partner, Chair of Global Antitrust Practice
  • Andrew Bridges

    • Partner
  • Claire Durkin

    • Regional Executive Europe
  • Gabrielle Gauthey

    • Executive Vice President
  • Paul Hofer

    • Associate Director
  • Stuart Popham

    • Chair
  • Clare Spottiswoode CBE

  • Dr Jacques Steenbergen

    • Director General
  • Thomas Vinje

    • Partner, Chair of Global Antitrust Practice
  • Mark Williams

    • Director and Head of European Competition Policy Group

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
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Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE

Tel: +44 (0)20 7957 5700
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Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
Standard Single £168.50 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1U 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
Standard Single £188 + VAT

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09.30 Session One
Policy Orientations in the New Economic Climate

Chair Oliver Bretz
Partner, Chair of Global Antitrust Practice
Clifford Chance LLP

09.40 Keynote Addresses
Alexander Italianer
Director General, DG Competition
European commission

10.00 John Fingleton
Chief Executive
Office of Fair Trading, UK

10.20 William E Kovacic (on the record)
Commissioner
US Federal Trade Commission

10.40 Questions and discussion

11.00 Refreshments

11.30 Session Two
Energy and Financial Services:
International Harmonization v National Autonomy

  • What is the scope for national regulation and competition regulation in these sectors?
  • To what extent are national competition rules compatible with the EU treaty rights and obligations?
  • How can the tension between the single market and national competition regulations be managed without the risk of fragmentation along national lines?
  • Is the tension between the desire to regulate and the single market actually irreconcilable?

Chair Stuart Popham
Chair
TheCityUK

11.30 Keynote Address
Jean-Pol Poncelet
Senior Vice President
Areva

12.00 Speaker Panel
Claire Durkin
Vice President
URS

Paul Hofer
Associate Director
National Economic Research Associates Consulting

Clare Spottiswoode CBE
Independent Commission on Banking

Jacques Steenbergen
Director General
Belgium Competition Authority

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Session Three
New Media and the Internet

  • Is any market immune from the competitive pressures presented by new media?
  • Is competition policy suited to the idea of net neutrality?
  • Is a hands-off policy (ban mergers and let the market operate freely) the best way to manage competition in new media markets? Or is the European Directive on e-commerce the best way forward?

Chair Mark Williams
Director and Head of European Competition Policy Group
National Economic Research Associates

14.30 Keynote Address
Huiying Li
Head of Competition Policy, The Electronic Intellectual Property Center
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, People's Republic of China

15.00 Speaker Panel
Thomas Vinje
Clifford Chance LLP

Andrew Bridges
Partner
Winston & Strawn

Gabrielle Gauthey
Executive Vice President
Alcatel-Lucent

15.30 Refreshments

16.00 Moderated discussion

16.30 Closing Keynote Address
A new competition regime for the UK
Edward Davey MP
Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, UK

17.00 End of Conference and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House

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