11th Annual Conference on the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive
Competition Law Research Center, Pázmány Péter Catholic University
29 September 2023
8.30-9.30 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
9.30. Welcome by Pál Szilágyi, Director of the Competition Law Research Center
9.40-10.00. Opening remarks by Balázs Csaba Rigó (president of the GVH)
10.00-10.20. Tihamér Tóth (General Court of Justice, PPCU): Recent UCPD jurisprudence of the EU Court of Justice - Slides available here.
10.20-12.00. FIRST PANEL: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AT NATIONAL LEVEL
The first panel will feature representatives of five EU Member States who will present recent developments of their law enforcement under the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (UCPD). These jurisdictions, notably Hungary, Ireland, Ital, the Netherlands and Poland entrusted the enforcement of the UCPD to their competition authorities which resulted in numerous investigations against undertakings who tried to mislead their consumers, or applied aggressive marketing techniques. The discussion will also cover priorities and the effectiveness of remedies available to these authorities (fines, commitments, compensations, etc.).
Chair: Tihamér Tóth
Panel members: Antonio Mancini (AGCM, the Italian Competition Authority), Agnieszka Szafran (UOKIK, the Polish Competition Authority), Nóra Váczi (GVH), Ouiam Zirar (ACM, the Netherlands - slides available here), Kevin O’Brien (Irish CA - slides available here)
12.00-13.00. LUNCH BREAK
13.00-14.00. SECOND PANEL: DARK PATTERNS
Chair: Pál Szilágyi, Competition Law Research Centre
Introduction: Pál Szilágyi: Dark patterns and the misleading of consumers
Panel members: Júlia Hernádi (GVH), Agnieszka Szafran (UOKIK), Antonio Mancini (AGCM).
14.00-15.20 THIRD PANEL: GREENWASHING
Chair: Ildikó Fazekas, director of the Hungarian Advertsing Self-regulatory Board
Introduction: Monika Namysłowska (University of Lodz): The Future is Bright: Blacklisting of Greenwashing
Panel members: Dóra Szilágyi (GVH), Ágnes Buvár (Eötvös Lóránt University), Kevin O’Brien (Irish CA)
15.20. Closing remarks by Pál Szilágy