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The Pros and Cons of Sustainability Considerations

For the 20th time in a row, we are organising our international Pros and Cons conference, where academics and practitioners meet and discuss critical aspects of competition law and policy. Previous conferences, widely attended by enforcers, lawyers and consultants, have been greatly appreciated and we are certain that this year’s event will be no exception.

The theme of the 2022 conference is the Pros and Cons of Sustainability Considerations and will take place in Stockholm on Monday, May 30, 2022. The conference is free of charge.

The speakers represent the business community, enforcers, consultants and academics and we expect an intense and exciting exchange of ideas and a vivid debate.

Among these experts, many, but not all, share the view that competition law enforcement should be better at considering harms and benefits on sustainability, and especially those that relate to the climate crisis. How this can be done in practice is an area where views differ.

The debate is intense and the areas of consensus and disagreement are now appearing. Most would agree that the private sector has a key role to play and that the enforcement of competition rules cannot be allowed to obstruct much needed action to battle the climate crises. However, regarding the need for close collaboration between competitors to achieve sustainability benefits, as well as how to assess these, opinions differ.

Conference Program

Time Title
8.30 Registration and Coffee
9.00 Welcome address by Rikard Jermsten, Director General, Swedish Competition Authority
9.05 Introduction by the conference chair/moderator,
Julian Nowag, Associate Prof, Faculty of Law, Lund University
9.20

Is there a sustainability gap in the competition policy toolbox?

 

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

10.20 Coffee break
10.40

What is the business case for green? What is the appropriate role for competition policy?

 

Margarida Matos Rosa, President of the Portuguese Competition Authority

Dirk Middelschulte, Global General Counsel Competition, Unilever
Maarten Pieter Schinkel, Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam

12.00 Lunch
13.00

New emphasis on green in the daily enforcement work – what are the main challenges?

 

Martijn Snoep, Chairman of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets
Edith Loozen, Research Associate at the University of Amsterdam
Nicole Kar, Lawyer, Global Practice Head, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group, Linklaters LLP

14.10 Coffee break
14.30

Quantification and balancing of sustainability harms and benefits in competition law – can it meet the economic and legal standard of proof?

 

Roman Inderst, Professor of Economics and Finance at the Goethe University Frankfurt
Nadine Watson, Senior Vice President, Compass Lexecon
Max Engels, Deputy Chief Economist, Bundeskartellamt
Simon Holmes, Judge, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, Visiting Professor, Oxford University

15.50 Conclusion and closing of conference
16.00 End

 

Venue

The seminar venue is World Trade Center (Lecture hall: New York), Klarabergsviadukten 70. See map

Webcast

The conference will also be broadcasted as a webinar which is free and no registration is needed. The streaming link will be published here on Sunday May 29.

Questions

If you have any question regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the content organiser Karl Lundvall (karl.lundvall@kkv.se) or the project manager Saba Zarrani (saba.zarrani@kkv.se).

The information on this website will continuously be updated.

Registration

Participation in person is free of charge but registration is necessary. Register here