Mathilde MesnardActing Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise AffairsOECD
Day 1 :February 23, 2022
09:30 - 09:50
Opening Session with Mathias Cormann and Mathilde Mesnard
The Opening session will include Opening remarks by the OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann followed by a a presentation of OECD Competition Trends 2022 Mathilde Mesnard (Acting Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD.
09:50 - 11:20
Panel I - Green Innovation and Competition
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of this century. Due to the pressure on governments to act, the debate on climate change is moving quickly from the political level to focused conversations on policy choices and implementation options. This panel will explore the role of competition policy as a driver of sustainability and investments in green innovation. It will discuss how competition authorities may analyse effects on green quality, choice or innovation in concrete cases. The risk of ‘sustainability killer acquisitions’ and the suitability of the current analytical tools will also be discussed.
11:20 - 11:40
11:40 - 13:10
Panel II - Competitive Neutrality and the role of the State in the market
Following the adoption of the OECD Recommendation on Competitive Neutrality, this panel will discuss the importance of competitive neutrality to ensure that the most efficient enterprises thrive in both domestic and international markets. It will focus on how the state can ensure a level-playing field between state-owned and privately-owned enterprises, and between privately-owned enterprises. It will also cover the design of state support measures according to competitive neutrality principles, to avoid benefitting certain enterprises over others and distorting competition.
Julián PeñaAntitrust Partner & ProfessorAllende & Brea / Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
Rhonda SmithSenior LecturerUniversity of Melbourne
Damien NevenProfessor of EconomicsGraduate Institute
Nicole RobinsPartner and Head of the State Aid teamOxera
04ModeratorFederica MaioranoSenior Competition ExpertOECD
13:10 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:10
Keynote Address by Joseph Stiglitz
A Keynote Address will be given by Joseph Stiglitz, Economist and Professor at Columbia University. The Keynote Address will be followed by a Q&A session with Joseph Stiglitz moderated by António Gomes, Deputy Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (OECD).
14:10 - 15:40
Panel III - Regulation and Competition Enforcement in Digital Markets
This session will discuss the intersection between regulation and competition enforcement, with a focus on digital markets. It will look at different agencies’ case experiences and regulatory approaches to deal with anticompetitive conduct and transactions by large platforms. The discussion may touch upon the best approaches to capturing killer acquisitions, assessing potential competition and designing and applying adequate remedies, including data portability. The panel will also focus on the importance of achieving a consistent approach via international cooperation to deal with these practices.
15:40 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:45
Panel IV - Competition, Media and Digital Platforms and Concluding Remarks
This panel will discuss the competitive dynamics between media and digital platforms, focusing on the future of news media in the internet age, platforms’ hosting, curation and distribution of media content, and connected policy issues related to user data and online advertising. It will also look at the different approaches that competition authorities and other government agencies are taking to address issues in these markets. It will be followed by the Concluding Remarks which will be given by Ori Schwartz, Head of the Competition Division, DAF, OECD.
Martin PeitzProfessor of EconomicsUniversity of Mannheim
Rasmus Kleis NielsenDirectorReuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Miklos SarvaryProfessor of BusinessColumbia Business School
Michal GalProfessor of LawHaifa University
04ModeratorMatteo GiangasperoCompetition ExpertOECD
08ClosingRemarksOri SchwartzHead of the Competition DivisionOECD