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Europa Lecture by Alexander Italianer

On Tuesday 13 May 2014, Alexander Italianer, Director-General for Competition of the European Commission, delivered the second Europa lecture entitled: Competition: the heart of the European cause.


Alexander Italianer has been the Director-General of the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission since February 2010.

From 2006-2010 he was the Deputy Secretary-General in charge of the Better Regulation Agenda and Chairman of theImpact Assessment Board.

Prior to that, he worked in the cabinets of Commission President Barrosso, Commission President Santer, Commissioner Verheugen and Commissioner Telicka. Between 2002 and 2004 he was also Director for InternationalEconomic and Financial Affairs.

He holds a graduate degree in econometrics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), and was a research associate at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) before joining the European Commission in 1985.

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