Pros and Cons 2009

We have a tradition of arranging seminars on major issues, where academics and practitioners meet in the same arena.

The seminars, which is 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 November 13

This year, the theme for the seminar is "The Pros and Cons of Competition in/by the Public Sector". As in previous years we will arrange a seminar in Stockholm on November 13 where the contributors will present their papers and leading officials from competition authorities around the world will be the discussants.

Programme, Friday 13 November

9.00 Registration and coffee
9.30 Introduction by Dan Sjöblom, Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority

The moderator for the conference is Mattias Ganslandt, Director of Centre for European Law and Economics (CELEC).
9.50 Gianni De Fraja: Mixed Oligopoly: Old and New.
Discussant: Knut Eggum Johansen.
10.50 Coffee
11.20 Daniel Sokol: What Role for Government Ownership in Business and What is the Best Form of Oversight.
Discussant: Preben Pettersson.
12.20 Lunch
13.40 Jakub Kałużny: On the difficult relationship between competition policy and public enterprises: What can be learned from recent developments in the field of European state aid control.
Discussant: Kate Collyer.
14.40 Coffee
15.10 Michael Steinicke: Public contracts through procurement - can there still be state aid?
Discussant:  Joseph Wilson.
16.10 Closing of seminar

Each speaker has 35 minutes for their presentations; the discussants have 15 minutes each, leaving 10 minutes for general discussion.


The seminar venue is World Trade Center Stockholm, directly adjacent to Arlanda Express, the express rail link with Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The conference venue is marked by red dot.


Gianni De Fraja, University of Leicester, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Jakub Kałużny, ESMT European School of Management and Technology
D. Daniel Sokol, University of Florida Levin College of Law
Michael Steinicke, University of Southern Denmark

We have the pleasure of announcing that the following senior officials will comment on the presentations:

Kate Collyer, Cooperation and Competition Panel, United Kingdom
Preben Pettersson, Danish Competition Authority
Knut Eggum Johansen, Norwegian Competition Authority
Joseph Wilson, Competition Commission of Pakistan

Moderator of the seminar will be Mattias Ganslandt, Center for European Law and Economics (CELEC).


Registration is closed.

All matters regarding registration and accommodation are handled by Bokningsbolaget,


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our head of the organizing committee Arvid Fredenberg at

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