10 November 2016
9th meeting of the Sofia Competition Forum on 11 November 2016
The 9th meeting of the Sofia Competition Forum will take place on 11 November 2016 in Sofia. There will be participants from all SCF beneficiaries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia), UNCTAD, OECD, Italy, Russia, Japan, Turkey, Ukraine, the economic consultancies Oxera and Compass Lexecon, as well as the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
The general topic of the meeting will be „Pricing abuses of dominance in energy and telecommunications“. Taking into account that abuses of dominance are common during the liberalization process in these sectors this topic would be interesting and useful for all SCF members. The topic will be discussed in the morning plenary session moderated by Ms. Elizabeth Gachuiri from UNCTAD Competition and Consumer Protection Policies Branch. There will be speakers from the competition authorities of Italy (Mr. Gianluca Sepe), Russia (Ms. Elena Zaeva) and Japan (Mr. Kentaro Doi) as well as representative of the OECD Competition Division–Mr. Pedro Caro de Sousa who is also a lecturer in the University of Reading. Considering that the economic analysis is of significant importance in pricing abuse of dominance cases there will be speakers from top economic consultancies – Oxera (Mr. Sumit Sharma) and Compass Lexecon (Ms. Nadine Watson). There will also be a representative of the legal community – Prof. Dr. Thomas Lübbig from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
In the afternoon the participants will discuss the main topic of the meeting – pricing abuses of dominance in energy and telecommunications divided in two breakout sessions depending on the type of abuses – exclusionary and exploitative.
At the meeting the findings of the SCF project on “Comparative overview in the field of procedural fairness” will be presented and endorsed. This will be the third study in the series of SCF comparative studies after the general “Comparative overview of the competition regimes” and the report on “Comparative overview in the field of inspections on spot”.
At the end of the meeting the second issue of the SCF Newsletter will be presented.