Digital Markets are a key priority in the context of competition policy in general and the European Union digital transformation.
Their essential features and main characteristics (such as big data, strong network effects, multi-sided platforms, zero or subsidized prices, controlled digital ecosystems, and switching costs for consumers) raise exceptional policy, legal and economic challenges.
In order to advance a new modernized approach to competition policy and enforcement when digital ecosystems are involved, the European University of Rome (EUR) will host a long-term (24 months) Networking and Training Course reserved to EU Judges (DiCo Project – Digital Markets and Competition Policy), organized in two separate editions and providing both e-learning and in-presence activities on Competition policy and law enforcement in digital markets.
More specifically, the DiCo Project, directed by Valeria Falce (Jean Monnet Chair in Digital Transformation and AI Policy as well as Professor of market Law and Regulation) and co-financed by the European Commission (Directorate General for Competition), consists of:
The Project is addressed to:
Accepted applicants commit to participate in person to one residential and networking activity (two-day seminar either in Summer 2023 or in Summer 2024)
Participation in DiCo Project is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs in Rome for the selected participants will be covered by the Project within the caps set at EU level.
The overall Project is aimed at reinforcing national judges’ knowledge and interpretation of EU competition law, as well as providing them with adequate instruments for a proportionate and effective application, in the context of digital markets.
More broadly, the objective of the Project is to ensure a coherent and consistent application of EU competition law in the context of digital markets by national courts and to coherently apply the EU competition rules in the rapidly developing digital scenario, which has been equated to a new industrial revolution.
To this end, the DiCo Project comprises two separate editions, each one providing:
The main issues and topics covered by training course are: