Sectoral Challenges in the Digital Economy

6-week online course

Digitalisation has brought several profound changes to a number of markets across all sectors of the economy. This online course, now in its second edition, adopts a multi-disciplinary (mainly legal and economic) approach to provide you with expert insights into the challenges posed by the digital economy in a selected set of sectors, which constitute a core economic activity of Big Tech.

The course consists of 6 week modules, during which you will learn about competition and regulatory responses adopted by competition and regulatory authorities across a different set of jurisdictions, with a focus on:

  • Online advertising and search engine markets;
  • Social networks;
  • Sharing economy;
  • Apps and videogames;
  • E-commerce.

Is your knowledge of these topics up to date? Take our quiz to test your knowledge!

Participants in the course will also have the unique opportunity to attend online the Florence Competition Summer Conference, organised by the Florence Competition Programme, free of charge.

The online course is delivered on an online platform where participants can meet and interact with their peers and with the course instructors.

Institutional partners and scholarships

The course is organised in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

3 free seats will be assigned by the UNCTAD Secretariat to officials from National Competition Authorities of developing countries.

For more information, please contact Teresa Moreira, Head of the UNCTAD Competition and Consumer Policies Branch (


The course is organised by the Florence Competition Programme and the Florence School of Regulation — Communications and Media, two programmes based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute (EUI). Both programmes provide state-of-the-art training for practitioners, carry out analytical and empirical research, and promote informed discussions on key policy issues in regulation and competition.

Their flagship activity is the Annual Training on Competition & Regulation for the Digital Era. This course represents the Annual Training’s third block.

  • Dates
    23 May 2022 - 01 Jul 2022
  • Level
  • Type
  • Workload
    8-10 hours per week
  • Register by
    20 May 2022

Class schedule


Each weekly module consists of dedicated reading materials, self-evaluation assessments, discussions, complementary mini-video lectures and an interactive live class. Recordings will be available shortly after each live class. Throughout the duration of the course, participants will be able to interact with each other and as well as with the instructors. At the end of the course, individual feedback will be provided to those participants who deliver the final assignment, i.e. short essay on a choice of topics related to the weekly modules, which represents a requirement for obtaining the Level 2 Certificate.


Background materials on the topic of the week are uploaded to the e-learning platform


The live class, including a Q&A session, takes place from 1pm to 2.30pm (CET). Right after the live class, the self-evaluation assessment is made available on the platform; additional readings are uploaded and the forum for collective discussion is open


An additional Q&A live session with the Instructor takes place from 1pm to 1.45pm (CET)


Individual e-learning activities


The course is designed for professionals interested in gaining in-depth knowledge over a short period of time, with a background in law or economics, including:

  • Officials from National Competition Authorities (NCAs), National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), National Data Protection Authorities (DPAs), and other public bodies
  • In-house lawyers and legal counsels
  • Economic consultants
  • Policy and decision-makers
  • Academics

Participants in the Annual Training


At the end of the course, participants can earn a certificate depending on their level of engagement and performance throughout the course.

Level 1: Certificate of Attendance

Awarded to all participants upon receipt of the fee payment, to be submitted before the course starts

Level 2: Certificate of Excellence

Awarded to participants who complete the weekly assignments on time, take part in most of the live classes as well as group discussions (3 out of 5) and deliver the final assignment by the prescribed deadline.


EUR 1200: General course fee

EUR 1000: Discounted fee for donors, officials from public bodies and academics

Please note that the paid registration fee is non-refundable in case of cancellation after the course start.

Course Faculty

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