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The Bundeskartellamt is proud to announce that it will host its

19th International Conference on Competition in Berlin
on 13 - 15 March 2019.

The conference is one of the most renowned international events dealing with competition law issues and brings together leading personalities and competition experts from all over the world, providing a forum for them to exchange their knowledge and experience. The last conference in 2017 was attended by more than 350 participants from over 70 countries.

Covering a wide range of current legal and economic issues, the 19th International Conference on Competition will pay particular focus to the challenges for competition authorities with regard to the rise of global market power and abuse control in the digital age.

The conference will be opened with keynote speeches by Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, and Daniel Ek, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Spotify.

The first panel will address the question whether the established principles of competition law provide the right answers to today’s challenges. Are growing concerns about global market power and global economic inequality “hipster”, targeting bigness as bad (again)? Or do we need more control of market structures as incumbents are creating a “kill zone” around themselves by using anti-competitive “embrace-extend-extinguish” strategies?

The second panel will discuss whether the current standards of abuse control are able to address the challenges of digital markets while preserving the advantages of digital platforms for users? To what degree do they leave market failures unaddressed? Is it necessary to rethink abuse control? Is there a need for further regulation or even breaking up businesses?

The third panel will take a closer look at privacy and data protection issues as possible elements of competition law enforcement. Could reassigning ownership of data and making it easily available to users promote competition? Does this address privacy concerns? How to deal with potential tensions between the pro-competitive access to data and privacy?

The fourth panel discussion will deal with the relationship between private enforcement and leniency. With the aim of helping cartel victims to obtain compensation for damages many jurisdictions have taken measures to facilitate private enforcement of competition law. But with private enforcement on the rise there are growing concerns that this development might turn out to be a disservice for cartel victims. Where does the relationship between leniency and private enforcement stand today?

A detailed conference programme is available here. The working languages of the conference will be German and English, simultaneous interpreting services will be provided.

As in previous years, the Bundeskartellamt will host a workshop in English for the representatives of young competition authorities on the day before the conference. The workshop was first held in 2013 as a new programme feature tailored to the specific needs and interests of young competition authorities. It was very well received and proved to be an excellent forum for international exchange. More than 70 participants from over 35 countries attended the workshop in 2017 to discuss matters of interest and exchange their opinions. The topics of the 2019 workshop will be “Digitalisation – Nuts and Bolts or what does it mean to me” and “Boosting effective enforcement – Tools and Processes”.

The workshop programme can be found here.

The conference venue will be the Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt. The venue of the workshop will be the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin.

I am looking forward to some interesting contributions and stimulating discussions with you at the 19th International Conference on Competition in Berlin.

Yours sincerely,
Andreas Mundt
President of the Bundeskartellamt

Participation in the conference is by (personal) invitation only