We have a tradition of arranging seminars on major issues, where academics and practitioners meet in the same arena.
The seminars, which are open for competition authority employees, researchers, lawyers and competition consultants, have been appreciated for the open discussion among the participants and we hope that this year’s seminar will be no exception.
Seminar in Stockholm on Friday 9 November
This year’s seminar theme is The Pros and Cons of Rebates. The contributors will present their papers and leading officials from competition authorities around the world will act as discussants. The seminar takes place in Stockholm on Friday 9 November 2018.
In 2009, the Commission published its Guidance on enforcement priorities in applying Article 102 of the TFEU to abusive exclusionary conduct by dominant undertakings (the so-called Article 102 Guidance Paper). Its publication was an important element in the Commission’s efforts to modernise the European competition law framework by endorsing a more economic approach. The Article 102 Guidance Paper also laid out the Commission’s analytical framework for its assessment of conditional rebates as a form of exclusionary abuse of dominance. At the same time, the EU Courts’ case law regarding rebates has developed.
This year’s Pros and Cons seminar, moderated by Professor Giorgio Monti, will discuss the question of how the competitive assessment of rebates has evolved and how the more economic approach is reflected in the assessment of rebates. Six leading researchers and practitioners (Jorge Padilla, Joshua D. Wright, Chiara Fumagalli, Pinar Akman and Lucas Peeperkorn) offer their views on the topic and tackle various interesting sub-topics. Are the economic analytical tools at hand useful and appropriate for assessing rebates? What is the exclusionary standard when it comes to rebates? Do other exclusionary standards apply for rebates compared to those that apply for other forms of abuse? Is there internal coherence within the competition law framework of are rebates the odd ones out?
|8.30||Registration and Coffee|
|9.00||Welcome address by the the SCA, Deputy Director General Karin Lunning
Introduction by the conference Chair
The role of judges in economic law.
Dr Jorge Padilla
The As Efficient Competitor Test
Discussant: Olli Kauppi, Chief Economist, Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority
Professor Joshua D. Wright
A Transactions Cost Analysis of Rebates and Non-Linear Pricing
Discussant: Johan Sahl, Deputy Head of Market Abuse Unit, Swedish Competition Authority.
Professor Chiara Fumagalli
On the use of price-cost tests in loyalty rebates and exclusive dealing arrangements
Professor Pinar Akman
The More Economic Approach and Internal Coherence in the Case Law: Are Rebates Special?
Conditional pricing and the AEC test - a happy marriage or an awkward couple?
Closing of seminar
Each speaker has 30 minutes for their presentations and the discussants have 15 minutes each, leaving 15 minutes for general discussion.
Please note that the program is not final and may be updated.
The seminar venue is Spårvagnshallarna (Lecture hall: Spårvagnen), Birger Jarlsgatan 57A. See map
If you have any question regarding the conference or the papers, please do not hesitate to contact the organiser Corina Wahlin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Administrative assistance can be provided by Saba Zarrani (email@example.com).
The information on this website will continuously be updated.
The registration is closed.