Call for papers


International Conference



Challenges to the Enforcement of Competition Rules

in Central and Eastern Europe

+ Policy Event:




12-13 December 2019

University of Zagreb - Faculty of Economics and Business

Trg J. F. Kennedya 6, Zagreb, Croatia

Organised by

University of Zagreb - Faculty of Economics and Business (EFZG)

Croatian Competition Agency (AZTN)

Croatian Competition Law and Policy Association (HDPPTN)

EFZG European Documentation Center (EDC-KDC)

Organizing and Programme Committee

Dubravka Akšamović, University of Osijek, Secretary General-HDPPTN, Croatia

Marco Botta, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Munich, Germany

Vlatka Butorac Malnar, University of Rijeka, Vice-President-HDPPTN, Croatia

Mladen Cerovac, President of the Competition Council (AZTN), Croatia

Kati Cseres, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

William Kovacic, George Washington University, USA

Marek Martyniszyn, Queen's University of Belfast, UK

Jasminka Pecotić Kaufman, University of Zagreb, Vice-President-HDPPTN, Croatia (Chair)

Siniša Petrović, University of Zagreb, President-HDPPTN, Croatia

The topic

In the last thirty years the countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEECs) have experienced a complex and tasking social, economic and political transition. Amidst the paradigmatic shift from planned to market economy, antitrust rules were introduced in those countries to support the transition, to prevent new market entry from being subverted, and to regulate competition in the market. The association agreements that those countries signed, with the aim to become member states of the European Union, put a clear emphasis on immediate application of EU competition rules. This marked a start of the process of Europeanisation of competition law regimes in those countries, while providing legal transplants that quickly found their way into individual countries’ legal systems. Ready-made legal solutions, such as prohibition of price-fixing cartels, however, were to be implemented in an environment which was inimical to the inherent market-economy logic of those rules. Lack of competition culture probably was, and to a large extent still remains one of the main challenges for a more effective enforcement of competition rules in those countries. It did not help that the role and the powers of competition authorities – as new, independent regulators – were in some jurisdictions questioned as a curious, and potentially unconstitutional, novelty. Upon accession Regulation 1/2003 was introduced with the aim to provide a framework which would support uniform – and decentralized – application of EU competition law. However, distinct challenges remain for competition enforcement in those countries. The aim of this conference is to discuss those challenges, both in EU member states and in countries which are still in the process of rapprochement. For the purposes of this conference, the notion of CEECs encompasses also South Eastern European countries.

Although the focus is on legal issues, submission of interdisciplinary papers is also encouraged. The papers on individual jurisdictions issues, as well as comparative papers would both be considered. Also, papers facilitating discussion on challenges found in CEECs compared with similar problems encountered worldwide would be considered.

The conference will cover questions including (but not limited to):

· Institutional design and development lifecycles

· Competition culture

· ECN+ Directive

· Independence of competition authorities

· Parallel application of EU and national competition law

· Enforcement issues, both substantive and procedural

· State aid

· Regulation of network industries

This traditional, annual conference is held in memory of Assistant Professor Vedran Šoljan (1962-2008), one of competition law pioneers in Croatia, an insightful scholar and dedicated law professor.

Participants presenting their papers on CEECs (12 December 2019) are encouraged to stay for the next day policy event (13 December 2019) focused on recent developments in competition policy enforcement in the digital economy.

Keynote speeches

· William Kovacic, George Washington University, USA

· Kati Cseres, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

· Jasminka Pecotić Kaufman, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Invited speakers

· Umut Aydin, Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile, Chile

· Maciej Bernatt, University of Warsaw, Poland

· Marek Martyniszyn, Queen's University Belfast, UK

· Siniša Petrović, University of Zagreb, Croatia

· Alexandr Svetlicinii, University of Macau, China

· Judge Javier Tapia Canales, Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, Chile

Submission of papers

Interested scholars, including PhD students, are invited to submit extended abstracts (minimum 8 pages) or draft papers, no later than 15 October 2019, with preference be given to full papers. Authors will be informed by 31 October 2019, by the latest, whether they have been selected for the conference. The papers will be evaluated by an Evaluation Committee, and each paper will be evaluated by two independent evaluators.

Submissions should be sent to

Venue for publication of the conference papers

Provided their authors agree, the papers will be published on the conference website. In addition, the authors of the selected papers will be invited to submit their papers to a special issue of the Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies (YARS), Papers submitted to the journal will undergo a double-blind review.

Conference fee

Speakers, excluding PhD students, need to pay a 50 EUR conference fee. Payment details will be provided upon acceptance.

Speakers are expected to cover their costs for travel and hotel expenses.

Download the call for papers here.