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Populism and Antitrust: the Role of the ECN= Directive

The Role of the ECN+ Directive

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29 March 2022

14:00 - 17:00 CEST



Badia Fiesolana

The Florence Competition Programme and the Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies (CARS) of the University of Warsaw cordially invite you to the workshop on “Populism and Antitrust: the Role of the ECN+ Directive.”

The event aims to gather academics, practitioners, officials from national competition authorities, EU institutions, as well as industry representatives to discuss the role of populist governments on competition policy enforcement in Europe.

In particular, the workshop aims at discussing whether and to what extent the ECN+ Directive, currently transposed by the EU Member States, might counterbalance such an influence. 

During the event, Prof. Maciej Bernatt will present his monograph on Populism and Antitrust , recently published by Cambridge University Press.

In his monograph, Prof. Bernatt analyses the challenges that the rule of populist governments is posing to the foundations of competition law, describing how populist governments have influenced national and regional (EU) competition law systems.

Taking Hungary and Poland as case studies, Prof. Bernatt proposes a new theoretical framework to measure and understand the illiberal influence of populism on competition law systems. He invites a discussion on how to enhance the resilience of competition law systems in the EU vis-à-vis challenges posed by populist governments.


Pier Luigi Parcu, EUI

Giorgio Monti, Tilburg University

Maciej Bernatt, University of Warsaw

Eleanor Fox, New York University

Gábor Gál, Hungarian Competition Authority

Anna Vernet, DG Competition, European Commission

Šarunas Keserauskas, Lithuanian Competition Agency

Henri Piffaut, French Competition Authority

Szabolcs Szendro, CMS

Natalie Harsdorf, Austrian Federal Competition Authority

Federico Ghezzi, Bocconi University


Prof. Maciej Bernatt (University of Warsaw)

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