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FSR Communications & Media Annual Training

5 November 2018 – 17 May 2019 | Florence & Online

Business Models, Innovation and Regulation of the Digital World


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Our Annual Training is the most comprehensive interdisciplinary program on the legal, economic, policy and regulatory issues faced by the regulatory authorities, market players and policy makers in the electronic communications sector and the digital world.

Our course caters for the needs of National Regulatory Authorities, academics and companies active in the electronic communications sector as well as other sectors profoundly affected by the evolution of the Digital Economy.

Enroll in our course and get specialist insight into:

  • The theory and principles of regulation and competition
  • Networks: Access, investment, technical problems, geographic regulation
  • Spectrum
  • Net neutrality
  • Legal and regulatory issues raised by artificial Intelligence, big data, cloud computing, security and blockchain technology
  • And much more. For the full list of topics covered in Block 1 see our preliminary programme. For the issues covered during blocks 2 and block 3 check out below our sections on format and objectives of the training

Benefit from the line-up of prominent speakers that includes European policy makers, former and current regulators, renowned academics and industry specialists.







  • Format

    Our Annual Training runs over a seven-month period, from November 2018 until May 2019. It consists of three residential blocks, which are held at the EUI campus in Florence, and online activities organized between the blocks.

    Residential blocks:

    Block 1: 5-9 November 2018
    Competition and Regulation in Electronic Communications

    A five-day introductory course provides an in-depth coverage of the fundamental principles of regulation, electronic communications markets, networks, and the regulatory framework. It will also allow our course participants to learn about the most salient issues faced by various stakeholders, such as net neutrality, zero rating or the treatment of innovation in merger control.

    Block II: 6-8 February 2019
    Internet I: E-Commerce, Video and Search

    This three-day block will focus on challenges raised by regulation in the era of Digital Economy. In particular, participants will learn about such diverse issues as e-commerce, payments, platforms and algorithms, and the future of TV broadcasting and regulation of audiovisual content.

    Block III: 15-17 May 2019
    Internet II: Internet II: AI, Big Data, Blockchain, Cloud and Security

    During our last three-day block participants will have an opportunity to learn about the regulatory challenges raised by some of the most cutting-edge issues such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Cloud, Security or Blockchain Technology.

    The line-up of our prominent speakers will provide participants with a comprehensive legal, economic, regulatory and business perspective.

  • Training Objectives

    Our Annual Training provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to help them take well-informed policy, regulatory and business decisions. Moreover, our training allows our participants to learn about different perspectives and often conflicting views that normally arise during the regulatory decision-making process which involves a wide and very diverse set of stakeholders.

    The Annual Training will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of :
    • key regulatory trends, issues and developments in the electronic communications sectors,
    • the EU regulatory framework, including the EU Connectivity Package for the Digital Single Market
    • key mechanisms and procedures relevant for the electronic communications sector, such as market analysis, broadband access regulation, interconnection, net neutrality, spectrum auctions and policy
    • the physical and technical aspect of telecommunications infrastructure
    • the fundamental principles of regulation and competition policy
    • challenges caused by disruptive innovation to existing business models, regulation and competition policy
    • EU rules for E-Commerce, search and video
    • economic fundamental and regulatory approaches to platforms
    • AVM content regulation
    • challenges raised by artificial intelligence, big data, cloud, blockchain technology and security
    To achieve the above objectives our Annual Training will:
    • promote and foster critical thinking and interactive discussions among participants and our lecturers and speakers
    • rely on applied teaching approach where theoretical lectures are complemented by the analysis of real case examples and case studies from the EU and it Member States
    • provide invaluable opportunities for establishing long-lasting professional networks
  • 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.
  • Learning Portfolio

    Residential Blocks:
    • 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.
    On-line activities:
    • 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 material: 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.
  • Fees


    • EUR 4,000 for FSR C&M donors and NRAs
    • EUR 8,000 for others

    Fees for the entire course:

    • EUR 5,000 for FSR C&M donors and NRAs
    • EUR 10,000 for others.

    Fees for individual or combined blocks:

    FSR C&M Donors and NRAs:

    • 3,000 EUR for Block 1
    • 4,000 EUR for Block 2 plus Block 3


    • 5,000 EUR for Block 1
    • 6,000 EUR for Block 2 plus Block 3

    The fee covers:

    • Three residential blocks in Florence
    • Access to the relevant material on the dedicated online platform
    • During the residential blocks: coffee breaks and lunch, guided tours during each block, shuttle transportation between the city centre and the training venue every morning and back in the afternoon
    The fee does not cover travel and accommodation costs in Florence during the residential blocks.
  • Director


    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

  • Faculty

    Pier Luigi Parcu | European University Institute

    Erik Bohlin | Chalmers University of Technology

    Marc Bourreau | ENST – Télécom ParisTech

    Carlo Cambini | Polytechnic University of Turin

    Martin Cave | Imperial College of London

    Alexandre de Streel | University of Namur

    Lilian Edwards | University of Strathclyde

    Lisa George | Hunter College, CUNY

    Natali Helberger | University of Amsterdam

    Steffen Hoernig | NOVA School of Business and Economics

    Bruno Jullien | Toulouse School of Economics

    Scott Marcus | Independent expert

    Giorgio Monti | European University Institute

    Antonio Sassano | University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’

    Peggy Valcke | K.U Leuven

    Tommaso Valletti | Imperial College of London

    Read more about the training Faculty

Meet the FSR C&M Annual Training Lecturers