Thursday | 29 Oct 2020
Debate is over

Price Comparison and Competition

Better Regulation and Industrial Competitiveness

When
Thursday
Where
Le Châtelain Brussels Hotel
Rue du Châtelain 17 - 1000 Brussels

Exceptionally, this event is free of charge and taking place not at CEPS, but at Le Châtelain Brussels Hotel, Rue du Châtelain 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Debate

Price Comparison and Competition

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Digital comparison tools commonly known as price comparison sites allow consumers to compare prices for almost any product in a matter of seconds, free of charge, using just a few clicks to search the Internet. While at face value this looks like a positive, empowering development, many consumer watchdog organisations have started to raise questions about price comparison sites’ reliability, transparency and accountability. Their most prominent concern targets how supplier commissions to the price comparison sites may skew rankings

Governments and competition authorities are starting to investigate.  The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has completed a market study into price comparison sites. The German Federal Cartels Office is currently conducting a sector enquiry. Other agencies across Europe appear to be interested in launching their own enquiries.

WIK and CEPS are organizing a European debate on competition issues around price comparison sites.  We have invited a line-up of excellent high-level expert speakers from the European Commission, national competition authorities and the University of St. Gallen to discuss the actual impact of price comparison tools on consumers and suppliers as well as the entire economy.

Exceptionally, this event is free of charge and taking place not at CEPS, but at Le Châtelain Brussels Hotel, Rue du Châtelain 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Please click here for full agenda

Host
Iris Henseler-Unger

Managing Director, WIK

Speakers list
Werner Stengg

Head of Unit DG CONNECT, European Commission

Rossitza-Anguelova Kotzeva

Chief Economist’s Team DG COMPETITION, European Commission

Nenad Njegovan

Economics Director, Competition & Markets Authority

René Arnold

Head of Department, WIK

Peter Maas

Vice President, I.VW - University of St. Gallen