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Excessive v. unfair prices during the coronavirus crisis

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  • Thu 28 May 2020 16.44 - 17.44
  • Fri 03 Jul 2020 13.00 - 14.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-05-28 16:44 2020-07-03 14:00 Europe/Paris Excessive v. unfair prices during the coronavirus crisis

COVID-19 has disrupted the global supply chain, causing a shortage of a number of products. During the first phase of the pandemic, the price of a number of medical equipment, such as protective masks and hands gel, has substantially increased, especially when sold via e-commerce platforms. A number of competition authorities in Europe have opened investigations vis-a-the these prices increase as possible cases of exploitative abuse of dominance, while other countries have introduced temporary forms of price controls to stop the prices rise. The first question discussed in the webinar is whether and to what extent competition law would be the most appropriate tool to fight cases of excessive prices, instead of consumer law protection and ad-hoc price regulation. Secondly, the question is whether competition authorities might adopt interim measures to stop such price increases, especially in the light of the Broadcom interim decision recently adopted by the European Commission.

 

Chairman: Marco Botta | EUI

Speakers:

Wolf Sauter | Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Valérie Meunier | Compass Lexecon

Jean-François Bellis | Van Bael & Bellis LLP

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COVID-19 has disrupted the global supply chain, causing a shortage of a number of products. During the first phase of the pandemic, the price of a number of medical equipment, such as protective masks and hands gel, has substantially increased, especially when sold via e-commerce platforms. A number of competition authorities in Europe have opened investigations vis-a-the these prices increase as possible cases of exploitative abuse of dominance, while other countries have introduced temporary forms of price controls to stop the prices rise. The first question discussed in the webinar is whether and to what extent competition law would be the most appropriate tool to fight cases of excessive prices, instead of consumer law protection and ad-hoc price regulation. Secondly, the question is whether competition authorities might adopt interim measures to stop such price increases, especially in the light of the Broadcom interim decision recently adopted by the European Commission.

 

Chairman: Marco Botta | EUI

Speakers:

Wolf Sauter | Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Valérie Meunier | Compass Lexecon

Jean-François Bellis | Van Bael & Bellis LLP


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Outside EUI premises -

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Online Debate

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