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Online Training - Competition Policy and High-Tech Markets How antitrust shapes the EU Digital Single Market, 12-14 July 2021

Publish Date: May 10, 2021

Deadline: Jul 05, 2021

Event Dates: from Jul 12, 2021 12:00 to Jul 14, 2021 12:00

What is the Competition Policy and High-Tech markets course?

The European Commission has set the priority to eliminate barriers that prevent Europe from fully reaping the benefits of the internet and digital technologies. As the Commission itself has stated, online barriers mean citizens miss out on goods and services, internet companies and start-ups have their horizons limited, and businesses and governments see immense foregone benefits in terms of competitiveness and productivity.

The Competition Policy and High-Tech Markets course serves for participants to understand how competition policy can be an effective tool to further the objective of a Digital Single Market in the European Union, promoting competitive markets, fostering innovation and generally enhancing market efficiency to the benefits of European consumers.

By attending the course, participants will discuss and gradually understand the power that competition policy can have as a transformative tool, prohibiting conduct that raises online barriers between different EU Member States, reviewing mergers or acquisition that could further strengthen market power on new technologies or ensure that companies do not use their dominance to reduce interoperability with a view to restrict competition. Moreover, participants will discuss the role of algorithms in cartels and in abuse of dominance cases, as well as the treatment of online markets in merger control.


This course also deals with antitrust and Intellectual Property, examining the latest cases and how antitrust enforcers should ensure that the application of competition law to IP rights does not result in affording less protection to these rights, which are fundamental to ensure innovation and growth.


Which methodology is used?

The course will take place on MS Teams, which allows for a highly interactive online learning. Participants will be able to:

• See and interact with the trainers and their peers during the training sessions;
• Follow the lectures and presentations;
• Have access to interactive whiteboards;
• Take part in different activities in groups or together;
• Extend the interaction with fellow participants and trainers thanks to chat channels available throughout the duration of the course;
• Consult training material and resources uploaded in advance.

All in all, it will create a unique virtual space for learning, networking and interaction.


High level experienced professionals lead participants through a curriculum based on the latest developments and trends of competition policy in high tech markets.

To enhance the experience, the online programme mixes regular classes, interactive sessions and a keynote speech/talk, which provide an ideal discussion platform between the participants and high-level experts from academia, industry and institutions. The programme is designed to be highly interactive. Active participation is required and a variety of workshops and case studies are scheduled. Networking opportunities are strongly encouraged throughout the course.

Why participate?

The course on Competition Policy and High-Tech Markets will enable participants to gain insights on the impact of competition policy on the EU Digital Single Market through interaction with prominent experts in the field.

Through this programme, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Analyse recent competition cases in different areas - e.g. online sales and big data and their practical implications on everyday work;
  • Obtain cutting-edge advice and insights on how a relevant national authority can address the competition related issues in IT Markets;
  • Enhance know-how on crucial aspects of the Digital Single Market, including big data and merger control, distribution in the digital age, etc.;
  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn in a multicultural environment and extend their personal and professional networks;
  • Join the exclusive LinkedIn group for the alumni of the course;
  • Receive a certificate from the College of Europe upon successful completion of the course.

The participants

The course is designed for professionals from the legal sector, lawyers in private practice, in-house regulatory and EU affairs advisers, economists, entrepreneurs active in the high-tech sector, officials from national and regional administrations and the EU institutions and agencies, representatives from the National Competition Authorities, working on e-communications, competition policy and market liberalisations and interested in the field of EU competition policy and emerging technologies.

Participants should have a university degree, a very good command of English and some relevant work experience. The course will be restricted to a maximum of 25 applicants, allowing for an optimal interactive environment that fosters discussions and facilitates networking.

The trainers

The College of Europe is one of the most reputable university institutes providing postgraduate studies in EU Law. It enjoys a distinguished international reputation. The College can rely on its ‘flying faculty’ which counts more than 200 Visiting Professors and its network of experts.

The Competition Policy and High-Tech Markets training programme will count on the support of the Chairholder of the newly created Chair in Digital Innovation, Dr Andrea Renda. Moreover, the programme counts on the personnel, faculty and experts of the College of Europe and, more particularly, of the EU Law department and the Global Competition Law Centre.

Sessions are given by a variety of high-level speakers. A faculty of excellence, consisting of academics and practitioners with a sound working experience in and/or with the EU institutions, leads participants through the curriculum. Experts such as Mr Jeremy Rollison, Mr Stephen Lewis, Ms Madeleine Healy, Mr Miguel Rato, Mr David Henry, Mrs Adina Claici, Mr Mark English or Mr Alfonso Lamadrid are part of our faculty.

This 2021 edition, from 12 to 14 July, will take place fully online.

Tuition fee:
The tuition fee is € 900 (VAT excl.)* includes participation to the course, online training materials, virtual social events, and a certificate from the College of Europe upon completion of the course.

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