Competition Law and Sector Regulation in the Telecom and Pharmaceutical Sectors

We are delighted to invite you to a hybrid seminar organised in collaboration with the Centre for a Digital Society (CDS) of the European University Institute (EUI).

Economic regulation aims at fostering the proper functioning of markets including by potentially imposing asymmetrical duties on certain players in network industries such as communications, energy, or railway transport. In the pharmaceutical sector, regulation mainly aims at solving information asymmetries and ensuring drug affordability for final consumers. In these sectors, the application of sector regulation and EU competition policy goes hand in hand and may include potential overlaps.

This event will bring together academics, practitioners, officials from national governments and EU institutions and industry representatives to debate competition law and sector regulation in the telecom and pharmaceutical sectors. The key-note speech will be delivered by Paul Csiszár, Director of DG Competition, European Commission.

During the event, the recently published book The Interaction of Competition Law and Sector Regulation. Emerging Trends at the National and EU Level will also be presented.

Event Programme

 15:00 - 15:15  Welcome by Bird & Bird and EUI
 15:15 - 15:30  Book presentation
 15:30 - 16:45  Panel I: Net neutrality and fair sharing in the telecom sector
 16:45 - 17:15  Coffee break
 17:15 - 18:30  Panel II: Excessive pricing in the pharmaceutical sector
 18:30 - 19:15  Key-note speech by Paul Csiszár, Director of DG Competition, European Commission
 19:15 - 21:00  Networking cocktail offered by Bird & Bird


See the full programme and speakers here

Practical information

Participation in the event is free of charge, but prior registration is required.

The seminar is organised in a ‘hybrid’ format: speakers and attendees who will follow the event in person at the Bird & Bird office in Brussels are also welcome to join the networking cocktail at the end. Others may choose to follow the seminar via Zoom. Please note that we can accept a limited number of participants at the venue.

To register for this event, you will first need to log in or create an EUI account.


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