Join us on January 16th in Brussels for The 2019 Transatlantic Summit on the Competition in the Digital Age.
– On January 16th in Brussels –
Aleksandra Boutin will speak at The 2019 Transatlantic Summit on the Competition in the Digital Age – Facing the Digital Challenge Together.
Two leading global think tanks – Progressive Policy Institute in Washington DC and The Lisbon Council in Brussels – join forces to convene The 2019 Transatlantic Summit: Competition in the Digital Age, a deep dive into the cross-border dimension of competition policy in an era where everything local is global and everything global is local. Animated by expert presentations, industry interventions and high-level debate, participants will explore the challenge and opportunity of better transatlantic cooperation in the age of the Internet, aiming to forge closer views of emerging common problems and explore the economic advantage of regulatory convergence between the world’s leading democracies in an era where electronic commerce knows few borders. The conclusions will feed directly into the European Commission’s Shaping Competition Policy in the Era of Digitisation conference, which convenes the following day.
Aleksandra will take part in a panel on The Role of Platforms: Towards Transatlantic Consensus, together with the Fabien Curto Millet, director of economics, Google and Kai-Uwe Kühn, professor of economics and deputy director of the centre for competition policy, University of East Anglia; former chief economist, directorate general for competition, European Commission. Competition policy has one thing in common on both sides of the Atlantic. It is premised on making sure consumers are not harmed by undue power or market concentration. Is that still the case? Some say European efforts have over-reached the mark – turning a policy intended to protect European consumers into one that primarily strengthens weak domestic players. Others argue that the platforms play a vital role at the heart of the modern European economy, creating markets and common sets of rules across borders so creators, sellers and buyers can meet. How can we find consensus given the immense stake the world’s democracies have in a healthy, Internet-driven economy?