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On 27 October, 2022, Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager hosted Making Markets Work for People, a conference that reviewed and debated the impact of competition policy on people’s lives.
Competition policy also has an important social dimension – it creates a fairer distribution of new opportunities, while keeping prices low. In a nutshell, it makes markets work for people, not the other way around
Never has this insight been more important than today, with the negative effects of inflation and high energy bills impacting the daily life of millions of households in Europe. It is why I have asked my team to set up a dedicated event in the second half of this year; a forum to discuss from different angles the key question of how we can ‘make markets work for people' (Margrethe Vestager, Schumpeter Award Acceptance speech, 19 May 2022)
The conference took place at The EGG Brussels.
Individual sections (programme)
- Welcome remarks and introduction – Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice- President, Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Commissioner for Competition, European Commission
- Topical keynote – António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal
- Panel 1 – Building a stronger industry and a fairer society
- Topical keynote – Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics (expanded version published 6 December, 2022)
- Panel 2 – The contribution of competition policy to a fair, green and digital Europe
- Keynote – Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President, Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Commissioner for Competition, European Commission
- Panel 3 – The contribution of competition policy to a strong and resilient Europe on the global stage
- Closing remarks – Olivier Guersent, Director-General, DG Competition