Annual Training on Competition and Regulation for the Digital Era


Emerging technologies and technological advantages have radically transformed our lives. While many developments have turned into improvements, others have had disruptive effects on our society and economy, posing significant legal and regulatory challenges.

Due to the increasingly global nature of our economy and the unrestrained growth of the digital economy, both competition and regulatory authorities are now facing increasingly complex regulatory scenarios, including those resulting from M&As and the acquisition of control by large dominant players in digital markets, where their traditional analysis and toolbox of remedies might fail to deliver.

With the unavoidable cooperation and cooperation between firms across different regulated and unregulated sectors, the challenge for competition and regulatory authorities is to learn how to regulate industries in this rapidly changing environment without stifling innovation, preventing anti-competitive and harmful behaviour without curbing the procompetitive effects that benefit consumers.

After completing the annual training, you will be equipped with a profound understanding of the forces at play, as well as all the practical tools essential to provide rapid responses where intervention is needed to secure a level playing field in the economy.

Course director
Pier Luigi Parcu
  • Dates
    08 Nov 2021 - 01 Jul 2022
  • Level
  • Type
  • Workload
    8-10 hours per week

The Annual Training on Competition and Regulation for the Digital Era combines three online blocks and e-learning activities. The course provides an opportunity to meet with and learn from outstanding academics, expert regulators, qualified policy-makers and practitioners. 

The multidisciplinary programme, designed by an international community of experts, draws from the fields of law, economics, engineering and computer science. 

The course aligns theory with practice, considering the day-to-day applications of competition and regulation while drawing insight from the excellence in academic research of the European University Institute.  

The training methodology promotes brainstorming, knowledge sharing and creative thinking.

  • Gain the knowledge and tools to critically examine the digital economy and how it affects your work
  • Develop an in-depth, multidisciplinary understanding of the forces at play and contextualise it in your professional activity
  • Benefit from the expertise of prominent speakers including 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.
  • Earn a certificate of excellence when you complete the weekly tests and final assignment
  • The Training on Competition and Regulation for the Digital Era is jointly organised by Florence School of Regulation Communications & Media and the Florence Competition Programme.

    The Florence School of Regulation contributes to a European dialogue on regulatory topics in the fields of communications and media, carrying out applied research and organising 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.

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

An in-depth, multi-disciplinary compendium of the most recent policy challenges raised by 5G.

Duration: 6 weeks 

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Orientation (Week 1, 8-12 November)

The ecosystem of 5G (Week 2, 15-19 November)

Spectrum and Auctions (Week 3, 22-26 November)

Regulation and Investment (Week 4, 29 November-3 December)

Net Neutrality and Network Slicing (Week 5, 6-10 December)

New technologies, new business models, and challenges for regulation (Week 6, 13-17 December)

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Conference “Transatlantic Relationships in Innovation Policies: Converging Agendas?” 10-11 November – RECORDINGS AVAILABLE


A highly specialised course providing expert insights into the most recent developments recorded in the field of merger control in digital markets.

Duration: 6 weeks (28 February – 8 April 2022)

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An extensive analysis of the challenges faced by competition and regulatory authorities in selected sectors, including online advertising and search engine markets, social networks, sharing economy, apps and videogames.

Duration: 6 weeks (23 May – 1 July 2022)

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Learning Portfolio

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.

Final Assignment: at the end of the course, participants interested in obtaining a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ will be asked to submit a final assignment (i.e. short essay on one selected topic) on which individual feedback will be provided


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.

NRAs, NCAs and Donors      1000€
Other Participants       1200€


The registration fee includes:

  • Course attendance
  • Access to the online platform during the training
  • Access to course materials, slides, forum, and other online learning facilities.



Block I: 8 November - 10 December 2021


Block II: 28 February – 8 April 2022


Block III: 23 May – 1 July 2022

The Learning Approach
Live Class
Every week, live classes with our international faculty to deep dive in the topic. Live classes are always recorded.
Flexible learning schedule
Learn at your own pace with the 24/hours access to our learning platform and live classes that take place once a week during lunch break.
Global online peer network
Interact and collaborate with your peers through the forum and the group assignments
Certificate of Excellence
Earn a certificate of excellence when you successfully complete the weekly quizzes and the final assignments.
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What Participants say about this course

In the programme you have the opportunity to study with very experienced professionals; 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 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 an international organisation, it is very important to be up to date with the policy debate, with the research and policy work at the European level; this course gives you the opportunity to learn about the progress in the european legislation and practice.

Lorenzo Ciari, EBRD

The main takeaway for me was studying the business model of Google and Netflix and its evolution.

Berta del Olivo del Ferreira, CNMC Spain

Something I really liked about this course is that you can learn about different parts of the telecom market. Telecom, broadcasting and applications, 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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