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Competition Policy Conference

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39th Annual Competition Policy Conference

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

How can competition rules be leveraged to drive the European economic recovery? What's next for competition policy in a digital age? And how can the EU and US move forward together and further cooperate in a volatile world? These questions are not only pressing for the future of competition policy, but the future of EU economic competitiveness itself. Please join us for our 39th Annual Competition Policy Conference, where you will have the chance to discuss these pressing issues and more with our panel of experts and invited guests.  


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Olivier Guersent, Director-General, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission 

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Johannes Luebking, Principal Adviser for the European Semester Coordination, Recovery and Resilience Task Force, Secretariat-General, European Commission 

Maria Jaspers, Director, Cartels Directorate, Directorate-General for Competition 


Panel 1  

Competition in a new world: rethinking rules of the future 

Our first panel will address the current review of competition rules. In uncertain economic times, companies need to respond to the challenges they face creatively and head on. Whether this means structural adjustments, cooperation on research and development, or the reorganisation of supply chains, the future of competition policy should allow companies to adapt to an ever-changing business landscape.  

Panel 2  

Keeping pace: investing in a resilient economy

Can the EU keep up in a subsidies race, and should it? Our second panel will examine the role of state aid to support national economies in periods of economic upheaval. The EU has many tools at its disposal to drive European competitiveness, including REPower EU, Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI), and state aid rules themselves. Following the War in Ukraine and in the face of rising energy prices, which is the best strategy for the European economy? And how can US companies contribute to a resilient recovery?