Δευτέρα, 25 Μαΐου 2009

Τα Καρτέλ συντείνουν στη δημιουργία Κουλτούρας ανταγωνισμού;

Παρατηρώ ότι ολοένα και περισσότερο γίνεται λόγος για "καρτέλ" στην ελληνική αγορά. Η δραματική αύξηση του κόστους ζωής πιθανώς αποτελεί έναν λόγο για τον οποίο η ελληνική κοινωνία εξοικειώνεται σιγά σιγά με όρους δικαίου ανταγωνισμού. Ωστόσο, δεν είμαι βέβαιος ότι γνωρίζουμε τι συνιστά ο όρος "καρτέλ". Η Επιτροπή Ανταγωνισμού κάνει αισθητή την παρουσία της επιβάλλοντας υψηλά πρόστιμα, ενώ τα ΜΜΕ δεν χάνουν ευκαιρία να κατακεραυνώσουν τις δομές και τις αθέμιτες πρακτικές που μετέρχονται οι επιχειρήσεις. Όλα αυτά συντείνουν στη δημιουργία ενός κλίματος, αλλά πόσο απέχουμε από τη δημιουργία κουλτούρας ανταγωνισμού στην Ελλάδα;



Για όσους ενδιαφέρονται, στις 29 και 30 Μαϊου λαμβάνει χώρα ένα εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον διεθνές συνέδριο επι του θέματος:

3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPETITION LAW AND POLICY
ATHENS
KARANTZAS CONFERENCE CENTRE
NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE
Friday, 29 May 2009
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:20 Welcome
Ioannis Kokkoris, Executive Director and vice-Chairman, IMEDIPA
Ioannis Lianos, Executive Director and Chairman, IMEDIPA

A. CARTELS IN GREEK COMPETITION LAW AND PRACTICE
(Session to be held in Greek)
09:20 - 11:15
Chair: Lambros Kotsiris, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Law
- Multilateral Interchange Fees: Georgios Triantafyllakis, Democritus University of Thrace,
Faculty of Law
- Oil cartel: Nikos Vettas, Athens University of Economics and Business and Economic
Advisory Group for Competition Policy, DG-Competition, European Commission.
- The Use of Settlements in Antitrust Enforcement in Greece: Alexandra Mikroulea,
University of Athens, Faculty of Law
- The Authority’s Perspective: Nikos Zevgolis, Hellenic Competition Commission
Commentator 1: Anastasia Dritsa, KGDI, Athens
Commentator 2: Panayotis Bernitsas, M.P. Bernitsas Law Firm, Athens

11:15 - 11:30: Coffee Break
B. UNILATERAL CONDUCT IN GREEK COMPETITION LAW AND PRACTICE
(Session to be held in Greek)
11:30 - 13:30
Chair: Yannis Katsoulakos, Athens University of Economics and Business
- Rebates in competition law: a coherent approach and implications for Greek competition law:
Nikos Economides, NYU, Stern Business School & Ioannis Lianos, University College
London (UCL), Faculty of Laws, IMEDIPA
- Recent developments in abuse of dominance case law: Lefkothea Nteka, Hellenic
Competition Commission
- Abuse of economic dependence: Constantin Iliopoulos, Democritus University of Thrace,
Faculty of Law
- An assessment of the new Greek Competition Act: Dimitris Tzouganatos, University of
Athens, Faculty of Law
Commentator 1: Ioannis Dryllerakis, Dryllerakis Law Office, Athens
Commentator 2: Maria Golfinopoulou, Your Legal Partners Law Firm, Athens

13:30-14:30 Lunch

C. EFFICIENCIES IN HORIZONTAL AND NON-HORIZONTAL MERGERS
14:30 - 16:30
Chair: Simon Pritchard, Allen & Overy LLP, London
- Efficiencies in Horizontal Mergers: Ioannis Kokkoris, Office of Fair Trading, IMEDIPA
- Assessment of Non-horizontal Mergers: Penelope Papandropoulos, DG Competition (Chief
economist office), European Commission
- Efficiencies in Non-horizontal Mergers: Jorge Padilla, LECG, London
- A lawyer’s perspective: Kyriakos Foundoukakos, Herbert Smith LLP, Brussels
Commentator 1: Robert Stillman, CRA International, London
16:30 – 16:45: Coffee Break

D. ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: THE REFORM OF COMPETITION AUTHORITIES
AND THE “MODERNIZATION” OF ANTITRUST
16:45 - 19:00
Main issues:
- Competition authorities with dual roles (competition authority and consumer protection
authority) : advantages and disadvantages
- The unification of competition law enforcement: is one better than two? (the reform of the
French competition law system)
- Integrating economics and economists in competition authorities: the recent reform of the
DG Comp with the position of the chief economist, the redesign of the units
- Issues of independence, transparency, competition advocacy
- Relations with other sector-specific regulators
- Political influence: Competition authorities in times of economic crisis
Chair: Frederic Jenny (Judge, Cour de Cassation, France; member of the Board, Office of Fair
Trading; President, Competition Committee, OECD, UCL)
- William Kovacic (Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, US)
- Bruno Lasserre (Chairman, Autorité de la concurrence, France)
- Carles Esteva Mosso (Director of Policy and Strategy, DG Competition, European
Commission)
- Philip Collins (Chairman, Office of Fair Trading, UK)
- Abel Mateus (Professor, University of Lisbon, former president of the Portuguese
competition authority)
- Dimitrios Skiadas, Secretary General for Commerce, Ministry of Development

Saturday, 30 May 2009
E. DAMAGES ACTIONS FOR INFRINGEMENT OF COMPETITION LAW
09:15 - 11:25
Chair: Richard Whish, King’s College London, School of Law
- Private Enforcement: Between Deterrence and Compensation: Wouter Wils, Legal Service,
European Commission & King’s College London, School of Law
- The Economic Justifications behind Private Actions for Damages: Andrea Renda, CEPS,
Brussels
- Claimants’ access to information held by public antitrust agencies: Eric Barbier de la Serre
Latham & Watkins, LLP, Brussels
- The Way Forward for the Commission: Eddy de Schmijter, DG Competition, European
Commission
Commentator 1: Emmanuela Truli, Hellenic Competition Commission
Commentator 2: Kerem Cem Sanli, Bilgi University Istanbul, Faculty of Law
Commentator 3: John Kallaugher, Latham & Watkins LLP, London and Brussels; UCL,
Faculty of Laws, London.

11:25-11:40 Coffee Break

F. PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT IN A MULTIJURISDICTIONAL SETTING
11:40 - 13:10
Chair: Valentine Korah, UCL, Faculty of Laws
- Applicable law: Laurence Idot, University of Paris II, French Competition Authority
- Jurisdiction and International Private Antitrust Litigation: Luca Radicati di Brozolo,
Università Cattolica of Milan, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo Studio Legale, Milan
- Private Litigation Tactics in a Multijurisdictional Setting: Assimakis Komninos, White &
Case LLP, Brussels, UCL, IMEDIPA
- Private Enforcement--Recent Development in China and Hong Kong: Thomas Cheng,
University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Law
Commentator 1: Anestis Papadopoulos, University of Athens, Fellow, Faculty of Law
Commentator 2: Alan Riley, City University Law School

13:10-14:30: Lunch

G. THE INTRODUCTION OF AN ECONOMIC APPROACH AND STATE AID
REFORM
14:30 - 16:30
Chair: Michael-Theodoros Marinos, Democritus University of Thrace, Faculty of Law
- State aids control: towards a more economic approach: Phedon Nicolaides, European
Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht
- The General Block Exemption regulation and framework: implications of the State aid
reform: Alexander Winterstein, DG Competition, European Commission
- Recent developments in state aid law jurisprudence: Konstantinos Adamantopoulos,
Hammonds LLP, Brussels
- Case study: The Olympic Airways/Airlines Case: Paris Anestis, Howrey LLP, Brussels
Commentator 1: Kostas Loukopoulos, KLC law firm, Athens
Commentator 2: Niki Papadonikolaki, PRP Law, Athens-IMEDIPA & Dimosthenis
Papakrivopoulos, Court of First Instance of the European Communities

16.30 - 16.45: Coffee Break

H. TRANSFORMATION OF THE ROLE OF THE STATE, ECONOMIC CRISIS AND
STATE AID CONTROL
16:45 – 18:45
Chair: Phedon Nicolaides, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht
- State aids in times of financial crisis - The banking sector: Abel Mateus, University of
Lisbon
- State aids and compensation for services of general economic interest/universal service: Jose
Luis Buendia Sierra, Garrigues, Brussels
- State aids and the evolving role of the State: George Dellis, University of Athens, Faculty of
Law
Commentator 1: Alexandros Stratakis, Baker McKenzie, LLP, London
Commentator 2: Eliza Petritsi, Hammonds LLP, Brussels
18:45 – 19:00 Conclusions
Assimakis Komninos, Executive Director and Finance Officer, IMEDIPA
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Registration fee:
Normal Fee: 100 euro
Trainees/Students: 75 euro (limited number of tickets available)
UCL Alumni: 75 euro (limited number of tickets available)
The registration fee should be deposited in the following account:
IMEDIPA
Peiraios Bank,
Aristidou 4, TK 105 59, Athens
Account Number: 5017041244290
IBAN: GR 5401720170005017041244290
BIC: PIRBGRAA
Please confirm by email at info@imedipa.com and provide us with your name, surname and
affiliation.

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