Innovation and Market Power in the Food Supply Chain: Challenges for Competition Policy and Regulation

The European University Institute and Assonime are jointly organising a workshop in the context of the activities of the Florence Competition Programme (FCP) and the Florence School of Regulation, Comms & Media (FSR C&M). The event aims at gathering academics, practitioners, officials from National Competition Authorities (NCAs) as well as industry representatives to discuss the challenges for competition policy and regulation resulting from innovation and recent market developments in the food supply chain.

When: 20 September 2019

Where: European University Institute in Florence

Agriculture 4.0 is bringing a revolution to the methods used by farmers to produce agricultural products: via increasing data collection by IoT sensors and big data analytics, farmers can maximize their crops, while reducing waste water and pesticides use. Innovation has an impact on the entire food supply chain: machine-to-machine communication improves the logistics and speeds up the food production chain. Finally, e-commerce is playing an important role in the distribution of food products, challenging traditional retail channels.

Additionally, the food supply chain has been affected by changes to the market structure. The entry of new players, the increasing degree of market concentration and vertical integration are changing bargaining power and market power at the different levels of the supply chain. These changes call into question the role of competition and regulation in the food supply chain. The workshop provides the opportunity to better understand how we should apply competition rules to agreements, unilateral conduct and concentrations in the food and retail sector in this evolving context.

Secondly, the role of regulation will also be discussed, with reference to the recent Directive (EU) 2019/633 concerning the B2B relationships in the food supply chain. Finally, the workshop will focus on the impact of e-commerce on the evolution of the sector, the role of platforms in this context and the related challenges for public policy.

Practical information

The participation fee is 250€.

Apply by July 15 for the early bird fee of 200€.

The conference fee can be waived for full time academics, officials from national authorities, international organisations as well as representatives of firms sponsoring the FCP project or Assonime.
Representatives of FCP Donors may be invited to speak at the event.

For further information on how to become a Donor of Florence Competition Programme please have a look here.

How to reach us

Please keep in mind when booking your tickets that Florence is also well connected to Pisa and Bologna airports.

Pisa is 80 km away and served by both trains (1h15) and buses (50 minutes).

Bologna is 100 km away and served by high speed trains – Trenitalia or Italo (30 minutes from Bologna central station to Florence main station of Santa Maria Novella). It is possible to reach the train station from the airport in 30 minutes by bus.