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					BETTER REGULATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, 21 NOVEMBER 2005

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Place Rogier 3, 1210 Brussels

Draft programme

09:00 – 09:30     Registration

09:30 – 09:40     Welcome
                  David Saunders, Director, Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate,
                  Department of Trade and Industry, UK

09:40 – 10:00     Address
                  Neelie Kroes
                  European Commissioner for Competition

10:00 – 10:20     Address
                  Baroness Ashton
                  Parliamentary Under Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, UK

10:20 – 10:50     Break and refreshments

10:50 – 12:30     Session 1: Better regulation - projects and experience
                  This session will discuss what is meant by better regulation and the
                  practical experience of Member States in promoting better regulation with
                  an emphasis on the professions.

                  Chair:
                  Tony Sims
                  Director, European and International Branch
                  Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate
                  Department of Trade and Industry, UK

                  Speakers:
                  Michael Albers, Head of Unit A1, European Commission – competition
                  screening
                  Dr Martti Virtanen, Director – Head of FCA Advocacy Unit, Finnish
                  Competition Authority – Enhancing competition in the service sector –
                  Finnish experience
                  Declan Purcell, Member and Director Advocacy Division, Irish
                  Competition Authority – retail pharmacy


                  30 minute open discussion

12:30 – 14:00     Buffet lunch
14:00 – 15:40   Session 2: Promoting reform - the analytical process
                This session will consider the analytical processes associated with reform
                in the professions drawing on practical examples across a range of
                Member States and professions.

                Chair:
                Professor Benito Arrunada, Professor of Business Organization at
                Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona – better regulation of the
                professionals: the cases of notaries and pharmacies


                Speakers:
                Adam Zolnowski, Director General, Office of Competition and Consumer
                Protection, Poland – legal professions
                Finn Lauritzen, General Director. Danish Competition Authority –
                pharmacy sector
                Professor Abel Mateus, President, Portuguese Competition Authority -
                notaries

                30 minute open discussion

15:40 – 16:00   Break and refreshments

16:00 – 17:40   Session 3: Promoting reform – how to tackle reform in practice
                This session will consider practical examples of reforms undertaken by
                Member States and the obstacles they encountered along the way.

                Chair:
                Lowri Evans
                Director, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission

                Speakers:
                Marc Hameleers, Manager, Competition Directorate, Ministry of
                Economic Affairs, Netherlands, and advisory member of the Hammerstein
                Review Committee (on notaries) - notaries
                Johan Lannering, Ministry for Trade and Industry, Sweden – pharmacy
                sector
                Richard Fleck, Chairman, UK Auditing Practices Board –
                accounting/auditing
                Oliver Sabel, Higher Regional Court Judge, Federal Ministry of Justice,
                Germany - legal profession

                30 minute open discussion

17:40 – 18:00   Closing remarks and conclusions
                Tony Sims and Lowri Evans

18:00 – 19:00   Cocktail reception

				
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