Annual Training on Competition and Regulation for the Digital Era

Residential and online course


Please be aware that the third block has been converted into a five-week online course (15 June – 19 July), for detailed information please visit this page.


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.





  • Dates
    20 Oct 2019 - 03 Apr 2020
  • Level
  • Type
    Online & Residential

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.


Key Benefits
  • Gain an in-depth insight into and multidisciplinary understanding of forces which are at play in the Digital Economy
  • Benefit from the line-up of prominent speakers that includes European policy makers, former and current regulators, renowned academics and industry specialists.
  • Expand your network and develop yourself professionally by sharing knowledge with professionals from other sectors and industries
Eligibility and Target Group

Our Annual Training caters in particular for the needs of:

  • Officials from National Regulatory Authorities and from other public bodies
  • Professionals from firms active in the electronic communications sector, such as network operators and service providers, OTTs, cyber-security firms, platform operators
  • Policy and decision-makers
  • Academics
  • Lawyers and economists interested in gaining in-depth knowledge over a short period of time.
Block I


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.



Recent Developments in EU Competition and US Antitrust Law – William Kovacic

Fundamentals of Competition Policy

Comparative Perspectives on the Abuse of Dominance

Merger Control: Analysis and Procedures

Anticompetitive agreements



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

Block 2


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.

Fundamentals of the Electronic Communications Markets

Mobile Access and Spectrum

Content Regulation, Net Neutrality and Zero Pricing

The Future of Networks



The EECC and its impact on investment in very high capacity networks (VHCN)

One-day conference focused on the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) and its key objectives

Download the Block 2 programme here.

Block 3

Please be aware that the third block has been converted into a five-week online course (15 June – 19 July), for detailed information please visit this page.

Learning Portfolio


  • Interactive lectures: Our instructors will provide lectures on the key theoretical concepts and will complement them by the most illustrative real examples and case studies from the industry. Such blended approach encourages the discussion and enhances the learning experience.
  • Q&A sessions: Each lecture concludes with an interactive Q&A session which stimulates active discussion and allows participants to verify their understanding of the concepts covered during the lecture.
  • Class exercise and group studies complement our lectures to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration among participants and to further enhance the learning outcomes.


  • Quiz: A self-assessment quiz will allow participants to verify their level of knowledge and familiarity with the issues covered during the residential blocks.
  • Reading materials: in advance of each block, we will provide participants with comprehensive, carefully selected and most-up-to date preparatory readings. The self-study materials will allow participants to better understand the content of each module to participate in the residential block more actively.
  • Individual and Group Assignments: Following the first two blocks, participants will be asked to submit one group and one individual assignment. Individual feedback will be provided to participants after the evaluation.
  • Forum Discussions: During the entire training participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues of interest among themselves, share their knowledge and country case studies, express their opinions and interact with their colleagues as well as submit questions related to topics covered during the modules.
  • Multimedia resources: Participants will have access to audio-recordings, power-point presentations, and other useful electronic and multimedia resources.

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



Single Block Two Blocks Full programme
NRAs, NCAs and Donors      3000€ 5000€ 7000€
Other Participants       5000€ 8000€ 10000€

A limited number of seats at a reduced fee are available for outstanding PhD students.

The registration fee covers:

  • Course attendance
  • Access to the online platform during the training
  • Coffee breaks and lunches
  • All social activities (e.g. guided tour of Florence, cocktail at the course venue, group dinners, wine tasting)
  • Shuttle bus service to the train station and the airport at the end of each training block

The registration fee does not cover:

  • Travel costs to/from Florence
  • Accommodation


Competion law and economics

Block I: 20-25 October 2019


Block II: 9–13 DECEMBER 2019


Block III: Postponed to 15 June 19 July 2020

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What Participants say about this course

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.

Scott Marcus, Bruegel

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.

Peggy Valcke, KU Leuven

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.

Lorenzo Ciari, EBRD

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.

Berta del Olivo del Ferreira, CNMC Spain

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.

Frederik Kapper, PTS

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.

Niklas Horstmann, Deutsche Telekom

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.

Fatou-Sarah Rodet, Orange France

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