Professors Heike Schweitzer, Jacques Crémer and Assistant Professor Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye have been appointed by the European Commission to be Special Advisers to European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, focusing on future challenges of digitisation for competition policy.
Digitisation means that markets are going through many changes – not just technology markets, but markets throughout the European economy. Against this background, Commissioner Vestager has decided to set up a panel of advisers from outside the Commission. Her objective is to seek their input on what the key upcoming digital changes are that will affect markets and consumers, and on their implications for competition policy.
The Special Advisers were chosen based on their exceptional qualifications, experience and varied profiles. Heike Schweitzer is a Professor of Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin (starting 1 April 2018). Jacques Crémer is a Professor of Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics. Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye is an Assistant Professor of Data Science at Imperial College London.
The Special Advisers are expected to bring their legal, economic and technical perspective to the discussion. They will be working on a report on the future challenges of digitisation for competition policy (while retaining their current employment). This report is to be delivered by 31 March 2019.
The Commission will also organise an open conference on 17 January 2019 to discuss the topic with a broad variety of contributors.
The report from the Special Advisers and the conference are designed to complement the input that Commissioner Vestager receives from many different sources and stakeholders, both within and outside the EU institutions. They feed into the Commission's constant reflection process about how best to serve European consumers using its competition tool.
The Special Advisers will not have access to confidential information concerning competition cases nor will they advise on individual decisions, legal initiatives or concrete policy projects. They are also subject to the Commission's strict rules on the independence of Special Advisers, requiring them to act fully independently of business interests.
For more information about the role of Special Advisers and the rules governing their appointment, see here.
More information about the conference, including on the registration process, will be made available at a later date.