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FSR Communications & Media and Florence Competition Programme Annual Training


 October 2019 – April 2020 | Florence & Online


Pier Luigi Parcu

“Following nearly a decade of running successful trainings in the area of regulation and competition, we have decided to launch a new training, which we believe will respond better to the evolving demand of our audience. The new training series, jointly delivered by the Florence School of Regulation, Communications and Media, and the Florence Competition Programme, will provide you with an in-depth understanding of recent developments in competition law, media and telecoms regulation as well as of increasingly complex challenges posed by the Digital Economy.

Understanding the Digital Economy requires a multi-disciplinary approach: in addition to law and economics lectures, you will have an opportunity to learn about technical issues related to networks, platforms, data, algorithms and machine learning from engineers and computer scientists. Academic and policy perspectives are enriched by insights brought to you by experts coming from the industry. Finally, our training provides flexible and à la carte solutions, allowing our participants to choose modules which best respond to their professional needs.”

Pier Luigi Parcu
Director of Florence School of Regulation, Communications and Media, and of the Florence Competition Programme







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.



FCP and FSR C&M Trainings in numbers (9 editions)

282 total participants from 48 countries


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Block 1

20 – 25 October 2019
Competition Law and Economics


Block 2

9 – 13 December 2019
Electronic Communications and Media Regulation


Block 3

30 March – 3 April 2020
Digital Markets and New Regulatory Challenges


Personalise your training experience by selecting and combining blocks to suit your professional needs.

Competition Track: Block 1 and 3

Regulatory Track: Block 2 and 3

Grand Tour: Block 1, 2 and 3



Course Structure

The course 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 is concluded by a special event: a one-day conference on topical issues in the fields of competition law and regulation (Block 1 and Block 2) and a Moot Court (Block 3), a simulation of a court hearing in which participants analyse a problem, research the relevant law and present oral arguments.


  *All training material is subject to normal copyright conditions. The training material is for the participant’s own use and may not be disclosed to any third party.

  • About

    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.


    • Regulatory and competition experts who wish to update their understanding of the challenges which are shaping competition and regulation in the digital era.
    • Academics, policy makers and professionals who are new to the field and wish to gain rapidly a multidisciplinary overview of the key issues and trends in Competition, Regulation of Telecommunications, Media and Digital markets and in Innovation.


    • 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 1


    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

  • Block 3


    30 MARCH – 3 APRIL 2020
    The third block provides a fundamental overview of the most timely competition and regulatory challenges raised by the Digital Economy. Starting from disruptive innovation and business models that challenge competition policy as we know it, the block covers such topics as data as a source of market power, algorithms, robo-sellers, price discrimination, killer mergers and data protection.

    Internet and Digital Economy: Fundamentals

    AI, Algorithms and Machine Learning


    Market Power and Data


    Moot Court
    Participants become protagonists of a simulated court hearing

  • 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.
  • Location and Special Events


    The course takes place at the EUI campus, which is situated on the Tuscan hillside overlooking Florence and close to Fiesole. Many of the villas date from the Renaissance period and have been restored along with their landscaped gardens.

    Each block includes social events such as a guided tour of Florence, cocktail at the course venue, group dinners and a wine tasting in one of the most famous wine regions of Italy, Chianti.

  • Fees

    Single BlockTwo blocksFull programme
    NCAs, NRAs, Donors3.0005.0007.000
    Other participants5.0008.00010.000

    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
    • 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
  • 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

  • Scientific Committee

    Pinar Akman | University of Leeds

    Erik Bohlin | Chalmers University of Technology

    Paolo Boldi | University of Milan

    Marc Bourreau | ENST – Télécom ParisTech

    Timothy Brennan | University of Maryland

    Carlo Cambini | Polytechnic University of Turin

    Martin Cave | Imperial College of London

    Gregory S. Crawford | University of Zurich

    Alexandre de Streel | University of Namur

    Lilian Edwards | University of Strathclyde

    Lapo Filistrucchi | University of Florence

    Michal Gal | University of Haifa

    Lisa George| Hunter College, CUNY

    Leigh Hancher | European University Institute

    Natali Helberger | University of Amsterdam

    Steffen Hoernig | NOVA School of Business and Economics

    Pablo Ibáñez Colomo | London School of Economics

    Christian Jaag | Universities of St. Gallen and Zürich, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

    Thomas D. Jeitschko | Michigan State University

    Frédéric Jenny | ESSEC Business School

    Bruno Jullien | Toulouse School of Economics

    William E. Kovacic | George Washington University

    Scott Marcus | Independent expert

    Giorgio Monti | European University Institute

    Annetje Ottow | University of Utrecht

    Michele Polo| Bocconi University

    Patrick Rey | Toulouse School of Economics

    Maria Alessandra Rossi | University of Chieti-Pescara

    Giovanni Sartor | European University Institute

    Antonio Sassano | University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’

    Maarten Pieter Schinkel |University of Amsterdam

    Heike Schweitzer | Free University of Berlin

    Mario Siragusa | College of Europe

    Peggy Valcke | K.U Leuven

    Tommaso Valletti | Imperial College of London

    Richard Whish | King’s College London

    Mark Williams | University of Melbourne

    Read more about the Scientific Committees of FSR Communications and Media and of the Florence Competition Programme


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