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Nick Banasevic appointed head of the unit in charge of IT, Internet and consumer electronics

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We have just learnt (via M-lex) that Nicholas Banasevic has been appointed Head of the Unit dealing with IT, internet and consumer electronics at DG COMP.

In previous posts we had already highlighted the importance of this appointment at a time when this particular unit is dealing with an immense workload which includes some of the most interesting ongoing cases in our discipline.

We hear that the competition for the job was very tough, and that says a lot both about DG COMP’s staff and about the newly appointed Head of Unit.

Nick is not only an excellent economist, a hard-working, nice and very very tall guy, but he’s also very reasonable, which means that he probably won’t mind about us commenting critically (for good or for bad) on his unit’s work.

Congrats and best of lucks to him!

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

8 June 2012 at 7:27 pm

The Price of Secrecy

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Chatham house is throwing a very cheap conference on what looks like a very well-thought, and focused topic:  “Competition policy in global markets“.

Here’s the price menu for the conference:

Standard Rates
Commercial Organizations: £895 (£1074 inc VAT)
Government Departments: £650 (£780 inc VAT)
NGOs and Institutions: £395 (£474 inc VAT)

The bottom-line:

I still fail to understand how officials from competition authorities can accept to participate to such events.

Written by Nicolas Petit

8 June 2012 at 11:30 am

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