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European Competition and Consumer Day - Competition Policy and Consumer Protection: Challenges and Choices - 24 May 2013, Dublin Castle

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European Competition and Consumer Day
Competition Policy and Consumer Protection: Challenges and Choices

24 May 2013, Dublin Castle

As part of Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013 the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency are jointly hosting a one day conference in Dublin Castle on 24 May 2013.  This timely programme will feature perspectives from leading authorities on issues central to the protection of consumers through competition enforcement and consumer protection.  It will be opened by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton, TD.

Capacity at the venue is strictly limited and therefore this event is invitation only. 

Registration and coffee
(8.30am to 9.00am)

Welcome Address (9.00am to 9.30am)

  • Mr Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Morning Session

Session 1: Key Note Speeches: Critical Issues for Consumer Protection and Competition Policy
(9.00am to 10.30am)

  • Mr Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
  • Mr Alexander Italianer, Director General Competition Policy, European Commission

Session 2: Interaction of Competition Policy and Consumer Protection - Panel Discussion (10.50am to 12.15pm)

Moderator: Professor Alex Schuster B.L., Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • Mr Philip Collins, Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading, UK
  • Mr Chris Fonteijn, Chairman of the Authority for Consumers and Markets, Netherlands
  • Mrs Agnete Gersing, Director General of the Danish Competition and Consumer Agency, Denmark
  • Ms Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, USA

Lunch (12:15pm)

Afternoon Session

Session 3: Collective Redress
(13.05pm to 14.50pm)

Moderator: Ms Joanne Blennerhassett, Solicitor, University College Dublin, Ireland

  • Professor Christopher Hodges, Head of the CMS Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Rachel Mulheron, Professor of Law, Queen Mary University of London and Council Member of the Civil Justice Council of England, UK
  • Mr Eddy de Smitjer, Private Enforcement Unit, DG Comp., European Commission

Session 4: Behavioural Economics: Consumers’ Use of Information and Decision Making (15.10pm to 16.40pm)

Moderator: Professor Liam Delaney, University of Sterling, UK 

  • Dr Pete Lunn, Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland
  • Mr Bernard Sheridan, Central Bank of Ireland, Ireland
  • Professor Maurice Stucke, University of Tennessee, College of Law, USA

Closing remarks (16.40pm  to 16.50pm)

 


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