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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Economic Developments in European Competition Policy

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Economic Developments in European Competition Policy

Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Conrad Hotel, Brussels

8.00–8.45 Registration

8.45–9.00 Introduction and welcome

9.00–9.30 Keynote: A European competition policy for all weather
Philip Lowe
Director General, DG Competition

9.30–10.30 Hot Topics Part I:
Competition policy in troubled times– what priorities for agencies?
Chair: Alan Overd
CRA
John Fingleton
Chief Executive, Office of Fair Trading
Discussants:
Xavier Vives
IESE, Barcelona
John Van Reenen
London School of Economics

10.30–10.50 Coffee break

10.50–11.20 The new Article 82 guidelines
Damien Neven
Chief Economist, DG Competition

11.20–1.00 Hot Topics Part II:
– Dominant firm conduct
– Evolving rules on vertical restraints
– Update on cartels
Chair: Cristina Caffarra
CRA
Massimo Motta
University of Bologna
Aaron Edlin
Department of Economics and School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
Nils Wahl
Judge, Court of First Instance
Margaret Slade
University of British Columbia
Comments: Damien Neven
Chief Economist, DG Competition

2.00–2.30 Keynote: US antitrust – what lies ahead?
Bill Kovacic
Chairman, Federal Trade Commission

2.30–3.30 Economic assessment in competition enforcement: developments in France and Germany
Chair: Laurent Flochel
CRA
Bruno Lasserre
President, Conseil de la concurrence
Bernhard Heitzer
President, Bundeskartellamt

3.30–3.45 Coffee break

3.45–5.00 Developments in merger analysis
Chair: Matthias Pflanz
CRA
Guillaume Loriot
Head of Unit, DG Competition
Christian Ewald
Head of Economics Unit, Bundeskartellamt
Bill Kovacic
Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Amelia Fletcher
Chief Economist, OFT
Bruce Lyons
Centre for Competition Policy,
University of East Anglia

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