Economic Efficiency: The Sole Concern of Modern Antitrust Policy?

28 Sep 2012 12:00
28 Sep 2012 14:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with the Centre for Studies on Media Information and Telecommunication (SMIT), kindly invites you to attend the upcoming Policy Forum, to be held on 28 September 2012.

This lunch Policy Forum will mark the official launch of Ben Van Rompuy’s monograph, “Economic Efficiency: The Sole Concern of Modern Antitrust Policy? The role of non-efficiency considerations under Article 101 TFEU” (published by Kluwer Law International).

Dr. Ben Van Rompuy, IES Associate Research Fellow and former IES Doctoral Researcher, will present the main themes and conclusions of his book, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Ioannis Lianos, Reader in Competition law and Economics at University College London.

12:00 Lunch Reception
12:30 Introduction
12:40 Presentation of the book by Dr. Ben Van Rompuy (T.M.C. Asser Instituut)
13:00 Keynote address by Dr. Ioannis Lianos (University College London)
13:30 Q&A session
14:00 Conclusion of Policy Forum

About the Book

Over the past decade, we have witnessed an apparent convergence of views among competition agency officials in the European Union and the United States on the appropriate goals of competition law enforcement. Antitrust policy, it is now suggested, should focus on enhancing economic efficiency, which we are to believe will promote consumer welfare. Recent EU Commission Guidelines on the application of Article 101 TFEU appear to banish considerations that cannot be construed as having an economic efficiency value – such as the environment, cultural policy, employment, public health, and consumer protection – from the application of Article 101 TFEU.

Arguing that the professed adoption of an exclusive efficiency approach to Article 101 TFEU does not preclude, but rather obfuscates the role of non-efficiency considerations, the author of this timely contribution accomplishes the following objectives:

  • traces the genesis of the shift to an efficiency orientation in EU and US antitrust policy and dispels several ingrained misconceptions that underpin it
  • demonstrates the close interrelationship between evolving images of the purpose of antitrust, the development of related enforcement norms, and enforcement output
  • provides in-depth analyses of a number of analytically rich cases in the audiovisual sector (and particularly those related to sports rights)
  • explores what the role of non-efficiency considerations in the application of Article 101 TFEU could and should be under the modernized enforcement regime.

Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. A sandwich lunch will be offered prior to the Policy Forum.
Registrations are closed!

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