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NEW PAPER | Competition law and policy in the digital economy (with Marino García, CNMC) – FIDE Congress (The Hague, 20-23 May)

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The venerable FIDE Congress will take place this year in The Hague on 20-23 May 2020 (speaking of which: you can still get the early bird rate until the end of the month here).

One of the three topics is ‘EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy‘. I am proud and grateful to have been invited to work on the report for Spain, which I have prepared with Marino García, a chief case handler at the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC). A draft can be found here.

The UK Report was prepared by our friends Andriani Kalintiri (King’s College London) and Ryan Stones (City, University of London) and can be found here. And the general rapporteurs will be Nicolas Petit (European University Institute) and Pieter van Cleynenbreugel (University of Liege).

You may want to take a look at the Report that I prepared with Marino. It was fascinating to look systematically at all the digital economy cases examined by the CNMC. The impression one gets is that competition authorities have so far effectively addressed the challenges raised in these markets, and that usual remedies can be powerful.

I am tempted to draw your attention to two key cases. One is a merger case, Just Eat/La Nevera Roja, which deals with exclusivity and tipping in two-sided markets; and the second is an abuse case, Estudios de Mercado Industria Farmacéutica, which deals with access to data (and an old friend that goes by the name of IMS Health).

Marino and I would very much welcome your comments. We look forward to seeing many of you in The Hague!

Written by Pablo Ibanez Colomo

13 February 2020 at 5:52 pm

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