Seminar organised by e-Conomics and CEPS: ‘Competition policy in the digital economy: Towards a new theory of harm’.

On the 1st of June 2016, e-Conomics and the Centre for European Policy Studies ( CEPS ) organised a seminar ‘Competition policy in the digital economy: Towards a new theory of harm’.

The seminar was a follow up to 2015 report for the European Parliament on the Challenges for Competition Policy in the digitalised economy. Some questions were not fully answered by that study and the seminar tried to fill that void. More specifically, the 2015 report did not explicitly talk about a theory of harm in the context of the digital economy and the report did not dig deeply into role of data. Presenters were Simon Hampton (Technology Policy Advocates) Alexandre de Streel (University of Namur), Daniel Knapp (IHS), Lapo Filistrucchi (University of Florence) and Jens Prüfer (Tilburg University). The seminar was closed with a round table discussion on the questions: how likely is it that a company can behave independent of its competitors in today’s digital economy? If so, what strategies can it use to abuse that position?

The seminar was organised at the CEPS premises in Brussels and supported by the Friends of e-Conomics.