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Summary of the 2nd Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructure Industries

Editor(s): BERT Nadia

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ABSTRACT

The present document collects a selection of the papers discussed by scholars, young academics and practitioners during the 2nd Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructure Industries as well as the links to all presentations available.

The Conference was driven by the idea that there are possibilities to learn across sectors, because they share common aspects and are challenged by similar problems. Analogies can be found, on the one hand, in the very technological nature of the three sectors, on the other hand, in the need of adapting to rapidly changing market exigencies and to increasingly influential EU-driven regulatory framework. Leaving the technological sector-specific aspects aside, during the Conference it emerged that the most prominent common challenges pertain to the pressure and even the trade-off with general competition principles. Moreover, stakeholder and regulators in the transport, energy and telecommunication sectors have to adapt their attitude towards investments, infrastructure systems’ coherence, public services and public service obligations, and more generally, they have to re-shape their behaviours according to the new responsiveness of infrastructure operators to public policy objectives.

Both the speakers and the participants in their reactions touched upon several aspects related to this framework. Notwithstanding the relevance of the EU examples, the scope of the papers and the discussions went beyond the EU borders and evidences from different contexts have been provided. In fact, the continuous redefinition of the structure of the relationships among the actors in the age of convergence is leading to such a reshaping of contemporary life that has to be seen in a much broader sense than the European one.