25 ottobre – Competition policy for the Digital Single Market: Focus on E-commerce

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The 34th antitrustitalia lunch is scheduled on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

The speakers Thomas Kramler and Rosario Rende Granata from the Digital Single Market Task Force responsible for the e-commerce sector inquiry in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition – will give a presentation in English on: 

Competition policy for the Digital Single Market: Focus on E-commerce

The creation of a Connected Digital Single Market is one of the policy areas on which the European Commission in office is focused. The Commission is dedicating most of its resources to the digital world, focusing on the push for innovation as well as the protection of the consumers. In the digital sector, the push for innovation seems to be aligned with the interests of consumers, who are particularly weak in the digital world, but at the same time can receive multiple offers from geographic regions far away. Take online commerce, which is a crucial area for the Digital Single Market. Often it’s the companies that undermine cross-border trade by erecting technical barriers such as geo-blocking.  The same applies to the sale of tangible goods. Further to the e-sector inquiry of the Commission and its initial findings, Thomas and Rosario will explore the dos and the don’ts in the digital world.

Thomas Kramler is Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force responsible for the e-commerce sector inquiry in the European Commission’s DG Competition. Thomas holds a law degree and a PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria, and a master in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges). Previously Thomas was deputy head of the unit responsible for antitrust cases in the information industries, internet and consumer electronics sectors. Before joining the European Commission Thomas worked as agent representing the Austrian government before the European Courts in Luxemburg.

Rosario Rende Granata is a Case Handler in the Task Force Digital Single Market in the Commission’s DG for Competition.  Rosario holds a law degree from the University of Bologna, an LL.M. from the College of Europe (Bruges) and an LL.M. from Columbia University. Before joining the European Commission Rosario practiced competition law in two leading law firms in Brussels.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:15.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €20 to cover the cost of the lunch.

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As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will notify the cancellation by 48 hours before the event, the fee will be reimbursed (directly through the link above).

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