Lower electricity prices in Denmark after intervention by the European Commission

The Swedish electricity transmission system operator, Svenska Kraftnät, has recently offered the European Commission a number of commitments concerning its operation of the Swedish transmission system. Svenska Kraftnät will now subdivide the Swedish transmission system into two or more bidding zones and operate the system on this basis by 1 July 2011 at the latest. In the interim period, congestion within the transmission system will be managed by taking into account regulating resources suitable for countertrade. 


The reason for the commitments is the concern, expressed by the Commission, that Svenska Kraftnät may have abused its dominant position when anticipating internal congestion within the Swedish electricity transmission system by reducing interconnection capacity for trade between Sweden and neighbouring Member States of the EU and the EEA.


This concern was addressed by Copenhagen Economics already in 2006, when, the Danish system operator, asked us to verify empirically whether the claims were correct that capacity constraints implemented by Svenska Kraftnät on the Øresund-connection may have caused economic losses to Danish consumers and simultaneously benefits to Swedish consumers, and if so, to estimate the size of the losses and gains caused by the behaviour of Svenska Kraftnät. The work was presented to the Commission in the above case.


For further information, please contact: Claus Kastberg Nielsen 



Bech-Bruun og Copenhagen Economics inviterer til eftermiddagsmøde d. 6 oktober om konkurrenceretligt svære sager og problemstillinger for de største virksomheder

Bech-Bruun og Copenhagen Economics har rådgivet i en lang række sager om fx bundling og rabatter, gennemførelse af konsolideringer og erstatningssager for overtrædelse af konkurrencereglerne. Sammen vil vi ud fra en juridisk og økonomisk synsvinkel se på de udfordringer, store virksomheder kan stå overfor, og analysere mulighederne for, hvordan de overvindes.


Efter mødet vil Copenhagen Economics og Bech-Bruun være vært ved en forretningsmiddag. Læs mere om programmet og tilmelding her

EU budget review study

Six experts from the EU are presenting their proposal for a future EU budget. Their report is based on analysis and suggestions from Copenhagen Economics, who were given the assignment by the Dutch Government. The report outlines the need to strengthen research and the EU’s efforts regarding both foreign and security policy and judicial policy areas. Both the analysis and the proposal include a number of more detailed recommendations. This analysis has the potential to improve both the quality and specificity of these different programs as regards their approach to solutions for common EU problems.


Read the report here.



For further information please contact senior economist Helge Sigurd Næss-Schmidt

Use of competition economics in Denmark, Sweden and Norway

Copenhagen Economics has examined the use of competition economics in Denmark, Sweden and Norway for Global Competition Review. The chapters are based on interviews with leading competition lawyers in all three countries. We note that the use of economics in competition cases is steady growing. We also note that competition lawyers value clear stories, hard facts as well as close cooperation between lawyers and economists. Please read the chapters for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden here


For further information please contact: Denmark, Martin Hvidt Thelle  Sweden, Karl Lundvall   Norway, Simen Karlsen 


Copenhagen Economics chairing top conference on mobile regulation and competition law

Christian Jervelund, a partner in Copenhagen Economics, is chairing this years’ conference on mobile regulation and competition law on the 9th and 10th June in Brussels (


Christian has been working on regulatory issues in the telecoms and other industries for the past six years at Copenhagen Economics: ‘When working with regulation you need to acknowledge that it is not enough to “be right” - you have to “get it right”. This requires combining hard facts with clear stories – the motto of our company’, he says.


For further information please visit the conference web page at or contact Christian Jervelund