The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the Hellenic Competition Commission are jointly organizing the BUSINESSES AND COMPETITION IN GREECE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET Conference on February 23, 2017, 16.00 hours at the Hotel Grande Bretagne.
The conference will examine the interaction between e-commerce and competition law within the EU digital single market and consider vertical restraints of competition in commercial distribution systems, including issues such as market places/bans on sales via third-party internet platforms in selective distribution systems. The conference will also look at contractual sales restrictions in distribution agreements which may render cross-border shopping/online shopping more difficult, including geo-blocking, i.e. business practices whereby retailers and service providers prevent online shoppers from purchasing consumer goods because of the shopper’s location.
The European Commission initiated the e-commerce sector inquiry as part of the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. During the inquiry, the European Commission has gathered evidence from nearly 1,800 companies operating in e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content and has analyzed roughly 8,000 distribution contracts.
The conference’s interactive discussion is designed to identify challenges and opportunities for firms in an increasingly global and digital environment. The event also aims to explore the state of play between businesses’ freedom to decide their online commercial strategies and competition rules safeguarding the benefits of e-commerce, in terms of choice and lower prices, and online competition in the EU single market.
The conference will include:
• Presentations from European Commission officials from the Single Digital Market Task Force and from the Antitrust Policy Unit (DG COMP) in charge of the rules for supply and distribution agreements
• The business perspective of Greek companies
• A view from the Hellenic Competition Commission – the impact of recent jurisprudence, state of play and moving forward in terms of policy and enforcement
• A view from the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research, from academia and from legal practitioners regarding the challenges of and compliance with the Digital Economy in the Greek context
The conference will reach out to the business community, institutions, the judiciary and academia, in addition to competition law practitioners, with the goal to inform delegates on the results of the Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry and vertical competition issue, and, in general, examine the advent of the Digital Economy in the Greek context.
American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
Tel. 210 699.3559, ext. 17
- February 23, 2017
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Hotel Grande Bretagne