EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager meets BCCP Fellows and Students

On November 19, 2018, EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who has lead the Directorate General for Competition since 2014, visited DIW Berlin and BCCP to hold the DIW Europe Lecture on "How Europe can cooperate to compete". Eight BCCP Fellows and Students were honored to discuss with Commissioner Vestager during a subsequent meet and greet session.

Commissioner Vestager answered to and discussed a variety of questions touching upon the work at the Directorate General for Competition, for example the interdisciplinary challenges between Economists and Lawyers. A core topic of discussion were the challenges for antitrust authorities in increasingly important digital markets and the potential scope for authorities to tackle future cases in complex technology sectors by harvesting expertise in the information and data sciences.

Finally, the Fellows and Students were interested in the Commissioners' views on global challenges to competition such as the broad rise in market power, a recent center issue of active academic discussion and core topic of the Annual BCCP Conference on 21 June 2019.

Meet and greet session with BCCP Fellows Joanna Piechucka, Crispin Niebel, Pauline Affeldt, Jan Malek, Susanne Augenhofer, Hannes Ullrich, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Kevin Tran and Tomaso Duso