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Competition Policy Conference

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Global leadership and competition policy: EU vs the world?

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

With the introduction of the Digital Markets Act, the European Commission aims to pave the way for fairer and more open digital markets. Similarly, the Commission’s Proposal on Foreign Subsidies looks to create a level playing field where companies from around the globe can compete within the Single Market. But what are the implications of these initiatives for the EU's role on the international stage? Our 38th Annual Competition Policy Conference will explore this and more as EU and US representatives exchange views on the development of efficient competition policies that reflect the needs and interests of businesses and consumers.
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14.45 – 15.00 Welcome

  • Kaarli Eichhorn (Jones Day), Vice-Chair, AmCham EU

15.00 – 15.20 Opening message

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

15.20 – 15.40 Keynote speech

  • Mathilde Mesnard, Acting Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 

15.40 – 16.40 Panel 1: Foreign subsidies: how will the new regulation impact Europe’s competitiveness?

  • Eddy de Smijter, Head of Unit, International Relations, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission
  • Bernardine Adkins, (Gowling WLG), Vice-Chair, Competition Policy Committee, AmCham EU
  • Liesje Schreinemacher, Member of the European Parliament (Renew, NL)
  • Moderator: Chloe MacEwen (Amazon), Chair, Competition Policy Committee, AmCham EU

16.40 – 16.50 Break

16.50 – 18.00 Panel 2: The Digital Markets Act: regulating large digital players

  • Thomas Kramler, Head of Unit, E-commerce and the data economy, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission
  • Henri Piffaut, Vice-President, French Competition Authority 
  • Kristina Nordlander, Partner, Co-leader of the Antitrust/Competition group, Sidley
  • Melissa Blaustein, Founder & CEO, Allied for Startups 
  • Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Senior Research Fellow in Competition Law and Co-director, Competition Law Forum
  • Moderator: Alberta Laschena (Kreab), Vice-Chair, Competition Policy Committee, AmCham EU

18.00 – 18.05 Closing remarks

  • Kaarli Eichhorn (Jones Day), Vice-Chair, AmCham EU

18.05 – 18.30 Reception for participants joining in person

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