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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sixth Annual Competition and Regulation European Summer School and Conference (CRESSE)

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Sixth Annual Competition and Regulation European Summer School and Conference (CRESSE)

The Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) will organise the Sixth Annual Competition and Regulation European Summer School and Conference (CRESSE) which will take place at the RODOS PALACE HOTEL (see Accommodation) from the 24th of June to the 8th of July, 2011 (Conference: 1-3 July), in the seaside resort of Ixia in Rhodes, Greece.

The CRESSE Conference will be on "Advances in the Analysis of Competition Policy and Regulation".

The CRESSE Summer School brings together many of the top European and USA economists and legal experts in Competition and Regulation, from over 25 distinguished Universities, as well as from law practices, authorities and economic consultancies (see School Faculty - Modules - Teaching Schedule).

CRESSE also organises specialised customer-tailored training courses on Competition and Regulation delivered on-site to any interested organisation throughout the world.

Organisation - Management, Scientific and Advisory Committee

Rationale and Objectives

Competition Policy and Sectoral (Network Industry) Regulation have undergone dramatic changes in the past two decades. This has been accompanied by an intellectually vibrant economic literature. Economists have developed new theories to characterize firm behavior and to assess which market contexts warrant government intervention – see for example Prof. M. Motta (CRESSE Lecturer and Member of the Scientific Committee, 2006-2010) “Competition Policy: Theory and Practice”, Cambridge University Press, 2004. Traditional views of which situations warrant intervention have changed substantially. The economic approach has gained ground both in policy making and in case law, sometimes challenging conventional views. Also, following the liberalization of many network industries, Sectoral Regulation has been increasingly adopting Competition Policy approaches to assess market power. 

The aim of the Summer School is to familiarize participants with the new economic literature and with recent legal developments and to establish a clear link between the new theories and the day to day work of practitioners. It enables participants to face and answer difficult questions about the practical matters they come across in their work in an economically and legally informed manner. It is designed for Professionals (Public Officers, Managers, Policy Makers, Law and Economic Consultants or Analysts), working in the wider areas of Competition Policy and Network Industry Regulation, in:

  • Competition Authorities and in Regulatory Bodies.
  • Ministries or International Organizations (like the European Commission).
  • Economic or Law Consultancies.
  • Private and Public firms and organizations affected by interference in the form of sectoral regulation or antitrust and merger policies.

Postgraduate (and Doctoral) students specialising in Competition, Regulation and Privatisation are also encouraged to apply (at significantly reduced special rates).

A number of teaching methods are used that have been selected to meet the aims of the course and intended learning outcomes, exploiting the organisers' long experience in designing and delivering Executive training.

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