Competition Law and Regulation: Boosting E-commerce in the EU's Digital Economy

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CoRe Symposium | 15 May 2017 | Brussels

If you would like to receive the programme this seminar or more information about it please contact Juliana Veit.


The enforcement activities of national competition authorities regarding vertical restraints in online sales so far vary considerably from country to country. In January 2017 the European Commission delivered legislative proposals to implement its  Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, which was adopted in May 2015 and, among others, aims to promote e-commerce. Reinforcing its regulatory agenda, the Commission has launched an e-commerce sector inquiry in parallel, focusing on contractual barriers to cross-border e-commerce in digital content and consumer goods. In its preliminary report from September 2016, the Commission points out the increasing trend on vertical restraints in online sales, such as geo-blocking to restrict cross-border online trade, price and territorial restrictions in distribution agreements, as well as bans on price comparison platforms.

With this Symposium, we are proud to launch our new European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe), a quarterly journal that reports on key legislative developments in the EU and its Member States, and analyses important judgments that shape the field of EU competition and regulatory law, in particular those by the European Courts, international courts and tribunals, and higher national courts.

Structure and Topics

During our Symposium, renowned competition experts from the European Commission, national competition authorities, industry, private practice and academia will discuss current developments and actions taken against restrictions of online sales:

  • Morning Session on E-Commerce: Vertical Restraints in Online Sales – Old Wine in New Barrels?

  • Afternoon Session on Digital Single Market: The Commission’s Regulatory Initiatives to Complement (or Substitute?) Competition Law Enforcement

Interactive panel discussions as well as Q&A sessions leave time for exchange with high-level experts and colleagues from different EU Member States – use the great networking opportunity!

 Who should participate?


  • Private legal practitioners
  • National Competition Authorities
  • Representatives from public authorities dealing with competition law
  • Representatives from national courts
  • Industry representatives and in-house counsels dealing with competition law
  • Economists
  • Academics

Conference Material - No need to miss anything!

If you are unable to make it to the seminar you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the event. The price is € 199,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Juliana Veit.


Publication frequency: quarterly
ISSN 25 10-31 48

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