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Competition Policy

Making Markets Work for People

Brussels, 27 October 2022

The image on top is from Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Effects of Good Government in the City (1338-1339), Siena, civic museum. Click here to find out why we believe Lorenzetti's fresco is a fitting image for Making Markets Work for People

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)

Panels and Confirmed Speakers

Panel 1: Building a stronger industry and a fairer society Moderated by Margrethe Vestager

Panel 2: The contribution of competition policy to a fair, green and digital Europe Moderated by Jan Piotrowski, Business Editor, The Economist

Panel 3: The contribution of competition policy to a strong and resilient Europe on the global stage Moderated by Lewis Crofts, Editor-in-Chief, MLex

Confirmed speakers include: Ivan Bartoš, Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development of the Czech Republic; Anu Bradford, Columbia Law School; Nadia Calviño, First Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation; Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing director, International Monetary Fund; Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC; Thomas Philippon, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University; Fiona Scott Morton, Yale University School of Management; Sebastian Siemiatkowski, CEO, Klarna; Irene Tinagli, Chair, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament; Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics