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Sustainability and Competition Policy:
Bridging two worlds to enable a fairer economy

24 October 2019

European Committee of the Regions – room JDE 52
Rue Belliard 99-101
1040 Brussels

Opening Keynote Address by
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

Confirmed speakers include: Jon Baker, Tembinkosi Bonakele, Logan Breed, Alec Burnside, Cristina Caffarra, Kevin Coates, Felix Engelsing, Damien Gerard, Anna Gerbrandy, Simon Holmes, Maria Jaspers, Lina Khan, Suzanne Kingston, Assimakis Komninos, Christoph Leibenath, Ioannis Lianos, Dirk Middelschulte, Andreas Mundt, Damien Neven, Julian Nowag, Martin Oesch, Maarten Pieter Schinkel, Ben Smulders, Martijn Snoep, Geert Van Calster, Michael Weiner.
This conference will explore how competition policy can give weight to sustainability values and avoid being seen as a barrier to industry initiatives intended to deliver sustainability objectives. Following the keynote address, the program will explore the current controversies around the consumer welfare standard. The conference will then hear from industry experts about the obstacles they face when designing sustainability projects. Subsequently, several competition agencies will share insights on how one may factor non-price values into competition assessments. The conference will further explore the need for an antitrust exemption for sustainability, or other means of accommodating such goals within the antitrust framework of analysis. It will then close with a discussion of ways to overcome disciplinary boundaries and to enable economic agents to implement sustainability initiatives.


The event is free of charge. Please register only if you are committed to attend.