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9.1. Plenary Session "New Challenges: a New Competition Policy"

Thursday, May 17
10:30 - 15:00

Lecture hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Digital economy is a full-fledged and rapidly developing industry that influences all spheres of our life. The development of the digital economy promotes innovation and underpins economic growth in the 21st century. Nevertheless, the reality of the new digital age is such that the government needs to keep pace with technologies in order to ensure equal playing rules for all market participants and protect the population from any negative consequences of technological developments. Upon the instructions of Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, the program "Digital Economy" was approved, the purpose of which is the digitilization of the economy in order to achieve global competitiveness and national security. Until the end of 2017, the Concept of Priority Measures to Improve Legal Regulation for the Development of the Digital Economy and a plan for preparing normative legal acts for its implementation, including in the field of antimonopoly regulation, will be approved. In particular, in order to improve the effectiveness of antimonopoly control in conditions of extensive use of artificial intelligence, data aggregation, algorithms and computers while organizing cartels, amendments are being made to the Law on Protection of Competition concerning the completion of the conceptual framework, the revision of block exceptions related to the use of intellectual property, as well as the new ways to assess the dominant position.

The participants of the Plenary session will discuss key issues of improving competition law in the digital economy and will consider the risks that are behind the active digitalization of our life.


Sergey Puzyrevskiy

Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation


Igor Artemiev

Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation

Alexandre Barreto de Souza

President, Administrative Council for Economic Defence of Brazil


President, Turkish Competition Authority

Hamid Ekbia

Professor, Indiana University

Mulalo Hardin Ratshisusu

Deputy Commissioner, Competition Commission of South Africa

Cristina Caffarra

Vice President, Charles River Associates

Aleksey Ivanov

Director, HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development

Pramod Singh

Advisor, Competition Commission of India

* The Programme may be subject to change