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What: Institutional design usually allots competition policy at  the central level: the State or  the supra-national organizations are responsible for well-functioning markets, reform of traditionally monopoly-based sectors, prevention of abuses of dominant positions, control of mergers and undue economic aids that may distort competition. Yet the competition central policy very often boils down at much lower levels, due to the typical political and regulatory twists existing among local institutions  (e.g. Municipalities, Counties, Regions, federal States), in particular as far as it clashes/meets with administrative jurisdictions and local authorities in the enforcement phase.  The course intends to outline the framework of problems relating to competition policy and local regulation, setting the right stage to cope with the peculiar challenges of this sometimes troubled  relation, in a context of fruitful osmosis between different cultural contributions and case studies.

Who: The course is mainly addressed to public sector decision makers, local and national regulators, officials from Competition Authorities, legal experts focused on competition and regulation issues, consultants and professionals, researchers and doctoral students.


Benedetta Arese LuciniBenedetta ARESE LUCINI | Invitalia Ventures and 360 Capital Partner
Benedetta graduated from Università Bocconi and holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She has ten years of experience across 8 countries and 3 continents, from the Silicon Valley to Asia. Her experience spans from Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, to Rocket Internet’s first retail e-commerce in South East Asia, Zalora. Three years ago she moved back to Italy to bring innovation in her home country, firstly as Country Manager of Uber and then as an advisor to venture capitals such as 360 Capital Partners and Invitalia Ventures and various startups. She is an avid runner, contemporary art collector and traveller.

Luca ArnaudoLuca ARNAUDO | Investigative officer at the Italian Competition Authority
Ph.D. in law and economics, he has been a visiting professor at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, 2014) and at the UnLaM University (Buenos Aires, 2010), as well as a visiting scholar at various universities in the U.S. and Europe. His main research interests are cognitive law and economics, antitrust, public utilities, and pharmaceutical regulation, on which he wrote two books and more than forty articles and book chapters. Luca is an officer of the investigative division of the Italian Competition Authority since 2001.

Franco BecchisFranco BECCHIS | Turin School of Local Regulation
Scientific Director of the Foundation for the Environment and of the initiative "Turin School of Local Regulation”, he coordinates research programmes on the interaction between economics, energy and the environment and on local public services, as well as capacity building and support activities for local public entities. He is author and editor of the forthcoming handbook "The political economy of local regulation" published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has been contract Professor in Environmental Economics at the Polytechnic of Torino, University of East Piedmont and Saint John International University. His scientific interests and his publications range from public economics to environmental and regulatory economics.

Franco BecchisCarlo CAMBINI | Polytechnic University of Turin
Ph.D. in Public Economics, he was Visiting Researcher at the Institut d’Economie Industrielle (IDEI) at the University of Toulouse (1998/1999), where he worked under the supervision of Prof. J.J. Laffont. Currently he is Associate Professor in Industrial Organization in Politecnico di Torino and member of the Scientific Committee of the Florence School of Regulation. He specializes in Industrial Organization and Policy, Competition Policy and Regulation, Special focus on the Economics of Public Utilities in general and Economics of Telecommunications.

Leigh HancherLeigh HANCHER | European University Institute
Leigh Hancher is a Professor of European Law at the University of Tilburg and is also attached to the Amsterdam office of Allen & Overy as Counsel. Her research interests concern energy market regulation, EU state aids and energy market governance. Leigh has been a Professor since 1991, initially at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. In 1996 she was Visiting Professor in “Natural Resources Law” at the University of Calgary, Canada. She has broad experience in energy regulation issues at the European and national levels. Her expertise, as well as her academic research are focused on the changing role of the government in stimulating the liberalisation of traditionally heavily regulated sectors. Leigh studied Law at the Universities of Glasgow and Sheffield, and at the EUI. In 1989 she obtained, with distinctions, her doctorate in Law at the University of Leiden.

Giorgio MontiGiorgio MONTI | European University Institute
Giorgio Monti joined the EUI in 2010, where he holds the Chair in Competition Law, and is presently Head of Department. He writes on all aspects of competition law, with a particular interest in the aims pursued by antitrust enforcement; his book EC Competition Law (2007, second edition in preparation) places antitrust enforcement in its economic, institutional and policy context to explain how the law evolves. He has taught competition law at all levels, from undergraduates to industry professionals and also to judges and civil servants. He is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network, and member of the editorial board for Concorrenza e Mercato.

Pier Luigi ParcuPier Luigi PARCU | European University Institute
Pier Luigi Parcu is part–time Professor at the European University Institute where he directs the Communications and Media Area at the Florence School of Regulation and the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom. From 2004 he is the Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. Previously, he has been CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN), Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. He also served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research interests are focused on industrial organization, law and economics, especially on themes concerning the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms’ behaviour in network industries.

Veronica PinottiVeronica PINOTTI | McDermott Will & Emery Law Firm
Partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. She leads the Italian EU Competition and Regulatory practice, where she focuses on advising Italian and international clients on a wide range of legal issues relating to competition, including merger control, distribution, cartels and abuse of dominance before the Italian Competition Authority and the European Commission.

Carlo ScarpaCarlo SCARPA | University of Brescia
Full professor of Economics at the University of Brescia. He has taught and done research at Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and York, at the Bocconi University in Milan, London Business School, Boston College and Delta (Ecole Normale Superieure) in Paris. He acted as advisor to the Bank of Italy, Consob (the Italian Stock exchange regulator), the Aeeg (the Italian energy authority), the World Bank, private firms in the energy sector and associations of local public utilities. He is interested in industrial economics, particularly with reference to regulated public utilities and to the energy and transportation sectors. 

Where: The training will take place at the European University Institute campus in Fiesole, on the hills nearby Florence. The training participants will benefit from the remarkable location, the international environment, the fully-equipped facilities of the EUI campus, including the EUI excellent library.

Florence School of Regulation European University Institute
19, Via delle Fontanelle
50014, San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence (Italy)


FSR Contact: Maria Luisa Stasi, 
TSLR Contact: Daniele Russolillo,
Logistics information: Alessandra Caldini,
Registration and fees: Fulvia Nada,, tel. +39 346.891.0600