Our Annual Training on Competition and Regulation for the Digital Era combines three residential blocks and e-learning activities. During the residential blocks participants meet and learn from outstanding academics, expert regulators, qualified policy-makers and practitioners. The multidisciplinary program features instruction in the disciplines of law, economics, engineering and computer science. The training delivers a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. The training methodologies promote brainstorming, teamwork and creative thinking.
In advance of each block, participants are provided with comprehensive and carefully selected preparatory readings. After each block follow-up activities (i.e. case studies, open questions, assignments) are offered to help consolidate newly acquired knowledge.
Online activities take place through our online platform.
Each block of the Annual Training on Competition and Regulation for the Digital Era is concluded by a special event: a one-day conference on topical issues in the fields of competition law and regulation.
Please be aware that block 3 of the training has been postponed until June 22 – 26
The unrestrained growth of the digital economy means that both competition and regulatory authorities have to apply their traditional analysis and toolbox of remedies to rapidly changing innovation-intensive industries. However, the digital economy raises increasingly complex competition and regulatory challenges. As it is inherently interconnected, cooperation and coordination between firms across different regulated and unregulated sectors becomes unavoidable.
While such cooperation may be procompetitive and beneficial to consumers, it may also be anticompetitive and harmful. Competition and regulatory authorities as well as policymakers need not only to gain a profound understanding of the forces at play, but they must also be able to provide rapid responses where intervention is needed, if they want to secure a level playing field in the economy.
FSR Communications & Media and Florence Competition Programme Annual Training
The Florence School of Regulation (FSR) contributes to a European dialogue on regulatory topics in the fields of communications and media. The School carries out applied research and organises training and policy events for regulators, policy makers from European Institutions and international organisations, and staff from companies.
Combining a focus on competition law and economics, the Florence Competition Programme is a hub where European and international competition enforcers and other stakeholders can exchange ideas, share best practices, debate emerging policy issues and enhance their networks.
The Florence School of Regulation Communications & Media and the Florence Competition Programme are directed by Professor Pier Luigi Parcu, with the support of a high level Scientific Committee and qualified research fellows and associates.
Our Annual Training caters in particular for the needs of:
2 0 – 2 5 OCTOBER 2019
The first block provides an advanced state-of-the-art overview of the latest trends in the EU and global competition law and economics. It will be opened by a keynote speech, which Professor William Kovacic will deliver during a wine tasting event in Chianti. In terms of topics the block will cover traditional areas of competition law.
SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER
Recent Developments in EU Competition and US Antitrust Law – William Kovacic
MONDAY, 21 OCTOBER
Fundamentals of Competition Policy
TUESDAY, 22 OCTOBER
Comparative Perspectives on the Abuse of Dominance
WEDNESDAY, 23 OCTOBER
Merger Control: Analysis and Procedures
THURSDAY, 24 OCTOBER
FRIDAY, 25 OCTOBER
Hipster Antitrust, the European Way?
One-day conference discussing the main ideas behind the “New-Brandeis School” in the USA and its influence on EU competition policy and beyond
9 – 13 DECEMBER 2019
The second block provides a comprehensive overview of the most relevant regulatory issues and developments in the telecommunications and media sectors. A historical perspective, necessary for putting the recent EU reform in context and understanding regulatory trends, is complemented by economic insights into the latest developments in the field of fixed and mobile broadband, 5G spectrum auctions, and case studies from the European Union and other jurisdictions.
MONDAY, 9 DECEMBER
Fundamentals of the Electronic Communications Markets
TUESDAY, 10 DECEMBER
Mobile Access and Spectrum
WEDNESDAY, 11 DECEMBER
Content Regulation, Net Neutrality and Zero Pricing
THURSDAY, 12 DECEMBER
The Future of Networks
FRIDAY, 13 DECEMBER
One-day conference focused on the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) and its key objectives
Download the Block 2 programme here.
Please note: Block 3 has been postponed until June 22-26
22-26 JUNE 2020
The third block provides a fundamental overview of the most timely competition and regulatory challenges raised by the Digital Economy. Starting from disruptive innovation and business models that challenge competition policy as we know it, the block covers such topics as data as a source of market power, algorithms, robo-sellers, price discrimination, killer mergers and data protection.
MONDAY, 22 JUNE
Understanding Internet and the Digital economy
TUESDAY, 23 JUNE
Algorithms, Machine Learning and Robo-Sellers
WEDNESDAY, 24 JUNE
Vertical Agreements and Consumers Protection in E-Commerce
THURSDAY, 25 JUNE
Data and Market Power
FRIDAY, 26 JUNE
Pier Luigi Parcu is currently Area Director of the FSR Communications & Media, where he is supported by a Scientific Committee of widely known experts. At the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Professor Parcu also directs ENTraNCE, a new project in competition law and economics, and the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF).
He is Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. From 2000 to 2003, he was CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN). From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. Previously, he served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research in the area of industrial organization and law and economics focuses on the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms’ behaviour in network industries
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A limited number of seats at a reduced fee are available for outstanding PhD students.
The registration fee covers:
The registration fee does not cover:
Block I: 20-25 October 2019
Block II: 9–13 DECEMBER 2019
Block III: Postponed to 22-26 June 2020
In the programme you have the opportunity to study with very experienced professionals of people from academia, from the government, who have an enormous level of experience and competence.
The fact that economics, regulations and policy developments are being integrated into the course also offers you a holistic point of view of the most relevant developments in your field.
For people like me, an economist working in this working in this organisation it is very important to be up to date with the policy debate, with the research and policy work at the European level and this course gives you the opportunity to learn about the progress in the european legislation and practice.
The main takeaway and the main and what was the most important for me was studying the business model of Google and Netflix and the evolution of its business model.
The something I really like about this course is that you learn about different parts of the telecom market. Telecom, broadcasting and applications and you get the whole picture.
This was a great opportunity to learn about topics like artificial intelligence, which are already today widespread and which influence us in our day to day lives. What I like most about it was the mix of scientific lecturers and practitioners talking about how they perceive political debates.
I really enjoyed the topics about data protection and cyber security because these are very hot topics at the moment. I think it will be really useful for my daily work.
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