Digital Conglomerates and EU Competition Policy

13/03/2019 - 14:00 to 17:00
The University Foundation, rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

* Registration for this event has closed * - The report presented at the event can be accessed here or here

This high-level seminar will present and debate the policy recommendations of a new report on ‘Digital Conglomerates and EU Competition Policy’*.

As many await Commissioner Vestager’s special advisors report on future challenges of digitisation for competition policy, this CERRE event will present an independent study by Marc Bourreau (Telecom ParisTech & CERRE) and Alexandre de Streel (University of Namur & CERRE) that addresses many of these challenges.

The report ‘Digital Conglomerates and EU Competition Policy’ that will be presented at this event examines the motivations as well as the competitive effects of digital conglomerates. It delivers clear recommendations to improve EU competition policy, making it more fit to deal with this fast-evolving sector.

Join senior representatives from digital platforms, telecom operators, national competition authorities and the European institutions, as well as independent experts to discuss the recommendations of this new report.


*This report has received funding from ETNO





Welcome & introduction 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



Presentation of the report 'Digital Conglomerates and EU Competition Policy'

Marc Bourreau

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, Telecom ParisTech



Alexandre de Streel

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Namur


Reactions to the presentation

Wolfgang Kerber

Professor of Economic Policy, 
Philipps-Universität Marburg



Alexandre Verheyden

Partner-in-Charge, Brussels Office,
Jones Day



Alexis Walckiers

Chief Economist, 
Belgian Competition Authority


Coffee break
Panel Discussion - Digital Conglomerates & EU Competition Policy



Riccardo Falconi

Legal Director Western & Southern Europe, EU Legal Affairs & EMEA Antitrust,  



Grania Holzwarth

Chair, Competition Policy Task Force, ETNO  
Legal Counsel, Deutsche Telekom



Cornelia Kutterer

Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, 



Beatriz Sanz Fernández-Vega 

Head, Competition & Data Policy,



Geza Sapi

Economist, Chief Economist Team, 
DG COMP, European Commission



Wednesday 13 March 2019, 14.00-17.00,
The University Foundation, rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact