Copenhagen, 5 December 2019
Jointly organized by the World Bank’s Infrastructure Vice Presidency and the Toulouse School of Economics, the first annual Infra4Dev conference aims to explore the intersection between infrastructure, digitalization and regulation, and to survey the current policy debate on these issues within the frontier markets, with a view to reflecting upon the implications for the developing world.
Vertical restraints, inasmuch as they relate to the conditions according to which participants in any value chain may purchase, sell or resell goods or services, are ubiquitous. Conversely, Article 101 TFEU and the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) have had over time an enormous impact on the design of trading terms and conditions across the whole EU economy. That impact has been compelled by significant changes in the enforcement of Article 101 TFEU towards vertical restraints since the turn of the century, as enforcement moved into the hands of national competition authorities, for the most part, only recently arising renewed interest at EU level in the aftermath of the digital sector inquiry. The conference will aim to take stock of modernisation in the field of vertical restraints, its achievements and shortcomings, while eliciting solutions for the future, including in relation to new issues that have arisen as a result of digitisation, changing business models and political concerns about the sharing of profits across value chains
A summary of the debate is now available.
By Center for Data Innovation
This policy briefing includes a number of recommendations for how EU policymakers can address fairness in online platforms; respond to concerns about online hate speech and disinformation; balance privacy, competition, and innovation to maximize economic welfare; and improve European competitiveness in emerging digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
An EESC conference on the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies discussed the most pertinent issues that will shape the medium to long-term future of Europe. It particularly looked at the future of manufacturing and service industries and the necessary changes in our society. Moreover, it reflected on strategic options for Europe moving forward.
Update: the main results are now available.
Items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, finance and internal market policies. A items are also available.
Update: Summary of the Commission Decision, Final Report of the Hearing Officer and the Opinions of the Advisory Committee of 6 and 17 July 2018 were published in the Official Journal