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University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Friday, April 10, 2009

Competition Authorities' Roundtable: The Reform of Competition Authorities and the 'Modernization' of Antitrust

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

University College London's (UCL) Centre for Law and Governance in Europe and Centre for Law and Economics (Regulation and Public Policy Section) are pleased to invite you to a


This roundtable is organized in collaboration with IMEDIPA, Institute for Studies in Competition Law & Policy, Athens ( )

Friday, May 29, 2009
16:45 - 19:00 (registration at 16:30)
in Athens, Greece

The roundtable will examine the following topics:

  • Competition authorities with dual roles (competition authority and consumer protection authority): advantages and disadvantages
  • The unification of public competition law enforcement: is one better than two? (the reform of the French competition law system)
  • Integrating economics and economists in competition authorities: the recent reform of the DG Comp with the position of the chief economist, the redesign of the units….
  • Issues of independence, transparency, competition advocacy
  • Relations with sector-specific regulators
  • Political influence: Competition authorities in times of economic crisis

Chair: Frederic Jenny (Judge, Cour de Cassation, France; member of the Board, Office of Fair Trading; President, Competition Committee, OECD; Visiting professor, UCL)

Speaker include:

  • Philip Collins (Chairman, Office of Fair Trading, UK),
  • William Kovacic (Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, US),
  • Bruno Lasserre (Chairman, Autorité de la concurrence, France),
  • Abel Mateus (Professor, University of Lisbon, former president of the Portuguese competition authority)
  • Carles Esteva Mosso (Director of Policy and Strategy, DG Competition, European Commission)

The roundtable is a separate event taking place in the context of the IMEDIPA annual conference in Athens. For more information on the IMEDIPA's annual conference, see and/or contact

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