Competition: Commission launches roadshow debate on the impact of competition policy on citizens

The European Commission has launched the Markets for People itinerant debate series on the impact of competition policy on citizens’ lives. Debates will take place in five medium-sized European cities between April 2023 and early 2024, bringing together experts to discuss the economic and social implications of competitive markets and of competition policy and enforcement.

The first debate will take place on 20 April in Modena, Italy. Speakers will include Pier Luigi Bersani, former Member of the European and Italian Parliament as well as of the Italian government, Michele Polo, Professor at Bocconi University, Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli, journalist for the Financial Times, Sara De Simoni, Vice-President Programme Manager at Tetra Pak, and Anna Argentati, Director of legal studies and legislation analysis at the Italian Competition Authority. The dates and locations of the other four debates will be announced at a later stage.

This itinerant debate series aims to encourage broad local and national participation in the discussions on the social implications of competition policy, as well as to address topics of relevance for the public opinion. The debates are organised in close collaboration with national competition authorities, the Commission’s Representations in Member States and local Europe Direct centres.

More information about the debates, participants and content of the discussions can be found here. The debates will be livestreamed and available as video-on-demand at the same link.