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Competition Policy

Making Markets Work for People

Brussels, 27 October 2022

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On 27 October, 2022, Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager will host Making Markets Work for People, a conference that will review and debate the impact of competition policy on people’s lives.

You can attend in person at The EGG Brussels; participate through our interactive platform; or watch the online stream (no registration required).

 

Click here to register to the conference

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)

Programme

8:30-9:00 Registration and welcome coffee

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9:00-9:15 Opening remarks – Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President, Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Commissioner for Competition, European Commission

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9:15-9:30 Topical keynote – António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal

9:30-10:30 Panel 1 – Building a stronger industry and a fairer society (Moderator: Margrethe Vestager)

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing director, International Monetary Fund

Nadia Calviño, First Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation

Henrik Andersen, President and CEO, Vestas Group

10:30-10:45 Q&A

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10:45-11:30 Poster Presentations and Break

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11:30-11:45 Topical keynote – Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics

11:45-12:45 Panel 2 – The contribution of competition policy to a fair, green and digital Europe (Moderator: Jan Piotrowski, Business Editor, The Economist)

Irene Tinagli, Chair, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament

Anu Bradford, Columbia Law School

Thomas Philippon, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

12:45-13:00 Q&A

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13:00-14:30 Poster Presentations and Lunch

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14:30-14:45 Topical keynote – Ivan Bartoš, Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development, Czech Republic

14:45-15:45 Panel 3 – The contribution of competition policy to a strong and resilient Europe on the global stage (Moderator: Lewis Crofts, Editor-in-Chief, MLex)

Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC

Sebastian Siemiatkowski, CEO,  Klarna

Fiona Scott Morton, Yale School of Management

15:45-16:00 Q&A

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16:00-16:15 Closing remarks – Olivier Guersent, Director-General, DG Competition

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16:15-17:30 Poster Presentations and Drinks

Poster Presentations

  • Eurobarometer flash surveys of SMEs’ and households’ sentiments towards competition;
  • DG Competition’s Cost of non-Competition project;
  • Figures on the use of the State aid Temporary Frameworks for the pandemic and the war