Sectoral Challenges in the Digital Economy


Digitalisation has brought several profound changes to a number of markets across all sectors of the economy. Our ‘Sectoral Challenges in the Digital Economy’ online course 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. Over six weeks, you will learn about competition and regulatory responses that have been and are being adopted by competition and regulatory authorities across a different set of jurisdictions with a focus on:

  • Online advertising and search engine markets (Week 2, 7-11 June);
  • Social networks (Week 3, 14-18 June);
  • Sharing economy (Week 4, 21-25 June);
  • Apps and videogames (Week 5, 28 June-2 July);
  • Cloud computing (Week 6, 5-9 July).

Sector-focused weeks will be preceded by an introductory week (Week 1, 31 May-4 June), during which you will cover, at your own pace, the fundamentals of digital markets.

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.

The online course is delivered on an online platform where you can meet and interact with academics, who are outstanding experts in their field.


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Institutional partners

The online training is organised in cooperation with:
The United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
3 free seats will be assigned by 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 (
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 3 free seats will be assigned
by the ITU to representatives of LDCs. For more information, please contact
Jaroslaw Ponder, Head of the ITU Office for Europe



The course is organised by the Florence School of Regulation Communications and Media (FSR C&M), and the Florence Competition Programme (FCP), two programmes based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) of the European University Institute (EUI). These 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 Joint Annual Training “Competition & Regulation for the Digital Era”.

This course represents the Annual Training’s third and last block of the 2020/2021 academic year.


Course director
Pier Luigi Parcu
  • Dates
    31 May 2021 - 09 Jul 2021
  • Type
  • Workload
    5/6 hours per week
  • Register by
    17 May 2021
Florence Competition Summer Conference
Effective remedies vis-a-vis digital platforms

Participants are invited to attend the Florence Competition Summer Conference, an event aimed at debating the growing interaction of competition policy and sector regulation in relation to the remedies imposed on digital platforms. The Conference will take place on June 24th-25th; it will be broadcast via Zoom, with the only exception of the last session. Participation is free of charge.


Collaborative Regulation in the Digital Economy: Institutional Challenges


Participants are invited to attend the workshop on Collaborative Regulation in the Digital Economy. The event aims at discussing institutional challenges raised by the growing interaction of competition policy and regulation in relation to digital platforms. The Workshop will take place on July 8th and broadcast via Zoom.

Course Structure

Week 1 – Orientation (Introductory Week), by Pier Luigi Parcu
31 May – 4 June

  • Welcome to the course: 31 May, 1pm (CET)

Week 2 – Online Advertising and Search Engine Markets, by Anna Barker
7 June – 11 June

  • Live class: 9 June, 1pm (CET)

Week 3 – Social Networks, by Anne Witt
14 June – 18 June

  • Live class: 16 June, 1pm (CET)

Week 4 – Sharing Economy, by Juan José Montero
21 June – 25 June

  • Live class: 23 June, 1pm (CET)

Week 5 – Apps and Video Games, by Tobias Kretschmer
28 June – 2 July

  • Live Class: 30 June, 1pm (CET)

Week 6 – Cloud Computing, by Björn Lundqvist
5 July – 9 July

  • Live Class: 7 July, 1pm (CET)

Deadline individual assignment delivery
19 July 2021

Feedback on individual assignment and certificate delivery
Third week of September

Structure of the week of the online training
  • At the beginning of each week, on Monday, background materials related to the topics to be covered during the module are uploaded to the e-learning platform.
  • The live class, including a Q&A session, takes place from 1.00 to 2.15 pm (CET) via zoom, every Wednesday: 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.
  • Throughout the weekly module, from Monday to Friday, group work and individual learning activities are carried out.
Weekly online activities available on the platform during the training
  • Background reading materials
  • Live classes
  • Online forum of discussion
  • Weekly assignment (self-evaluation assessment consisting of ten multiple choice questions)
  • Group work
  • Final assignment (short essay on one of the topics of the course; the delivery of the final assignment is required in order to obtain the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ at the end of the course)
Audience & Levels

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

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.

Course Fees

EUR 1000: General course fee

EUR 700: Discounted fee for representatives of FSR C&M and FCP donors, officials from public bodies and academics

Group enrollment registration: For information regarding the fee applicable to groups (consisting of at least five people from the same firm or institution), please contact and

Paid registration fee is non-refundable

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