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10th Summer School & Conference
2nd Lawyers’ Week
Rethymnon, Crete, July, 2015

The Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) organised the 10th (Anniversary) Annual Competition and Regulation European Summer School and Conference (CRESSE) from the 27th of June to the 10th of July, 2015 (Conference dates: 3rd-5th July) and the 2nd CRESSE Lawyers’ Week (5th – 10th July 2015) in AQUILA RITHYMNA BEACH HOTEL, in Rethymnon city in the beautiful island of Crete in Greece. The CRESSE Conference Keynote Speakers were 2014 Nobel Prize winner, Prof. Jean Tirole (Toulouse School of Economics) and Prof. Ariel Pakes (Harvard University).

CRESSE 2015 Conference Material



The Competition and Regulation European Summer School (CRESSE) has established itself as the top academic summer event in the areas of Competition and Regulation Policy in Europe. Top quality instruction and excellent organisation, with a good atmosphere in beautiful surroundings and the opportunity to participate in a high quality Conference explain the very good ratings given by the participants of the ten Summer Schools, that have been organised between 2006 and 2015. 


Who we are

CRESSE is a Network of academics and professionals, practicing in Competition or Regulatory Authorities, Consultancies and Legal Practices, with an interest in Competition Policy and Sectoral Regulation. It was initiated by Prof. Y. Katsoulacos in 2005.

The specific format and content of the CRESSE Summer School and Annual Conference has been influenced by the suggestions and ideas of a large number of people. Special mention should be made of Prof. J. Harrington, Prof. M. Motta, Prof. P. Rey,  and Prof. D. Ulph.

The CRESSE Scientific Committee consists of Prof. J. Harrington, Prof. Y. Katsoulacos, Prof. P. Regibeau, Prof. P. Rey,  Prof. Th. Ross and Prof. D. Ulph.


Rationale and Objectives

Competition Policy and Sectoral (Network Industry) Regulation have undergone dramatic changes in the past two decades. This has been accompanied by an intellectually vibrant economic literature.

Economists have developed new theories to characterize firm behavior and to assess which market contexts warrant government intervention – see for example Prof. D. Whinston (2011 CRESSE Keynote Speaker) “Lectures on Antitrust Economics”, MIT Press (2007) and Prof. M. Motta (CRESSE Lecturer and Member of the Scientific Committee, 2006-2010) “Competition Policy: Theory and Practice”, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Traditional views of which situations warrant intervention have changed substantially.

  The economic approach has gained ground both in policy making and in case law, sometimes challenging conventional views. Also, following the liberalization of many network industries, Sectoral Regulation has been increasingly adopting Competition Policy approaches to assess market power.



CRESSE 2012 & 2013 volume of proceedings

The volume “The Analysis of Competition Policy and Sectoral Regulation” contains selected papers that were presented at the 2012 CRESSE Conference which was held in Chania, Crete, on July 6-8 2012, and the 2013 CRESSE Conference which was held in Corfu, on July 5-7, 2013.



Other Events Organised by CRESSE


CRESSE also organises or co-organises a number of other Training Activities on Competition Law and Regulation.

Upcoming event co-organised by CRESSE:

Pre-BRICS International Competition Conference
10 November 2015

Recently CRESSE has organised the following training activities:

- The Winter School on the “Role of Economics in Competition Law” in N. Delhi (2013)

- Training of National Judges in EC competition Law and Judicial Co-Operation Between National Judges
in Rhodes island (2011)


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