Bergen Centre for Competition Law and Economics opened
The Bergen Centre for Competition Law and Economics opened in 2011. Legal scholars and economists from the University of Bergen (UiB) and the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) have worked together in a unique research collaboration on competition policy. In Norwegian
23.03.2012 - Sigrid Folkestad
Professor Lars Sørgard is one of the prime movers and NHH Professor Mette H Bjørndal is chair of the board of this unique research centre.
'There has always been close contact between NHH and the Norwegian Competition Authority. Einar Hope was Director General of the Norwegian Competition Authority and Lars Sørgard was the Authority's first chief economist in Bergen. NHH has a strong influence on the Norwegian Competition Authority. The collaboration between NHH and UiB can be further developed, and we are therefore very pleased that this centre is now being opened. This will revitalise the academic environment,' said Mette Bjørndal, Vice Rector at NHH.
In September, researchers and representatives of the managements of NHH and UiB, Director General of the Norwegian Competition Authority Christine B Meyer and several experts from the Norwegian Competition Authority were gathered to participate in a seminar and the opening of Bergen Centre for Competition Law and Economics. The objective of Bergen Centre for Competition Law and Economics (BECCLE) is to gather researchers and doctoral students at NHH and UiB under one roof.
'We have close contact with the academic environments, and it is very important to us that this centre was established,' Christine Meyer said at the opening. In spring 2011, the boards of NHH and UiB decided that a centre for competition policy was to be established as a collaboration between the two academic institutions. The centre is financed by NHH, UiB and external funds, and the government has allocated half a million kroner to support the establishment of the centre. Professor Tommy Staahl Gabrielsen of the Department of Economics at UiB is the head of the new centre.
Per Heum, Managing Director of the Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF); Linda Orvedal, the new chief economist at the Norwegian Competition Authority; and Knut Eggum Johansen, former Director General of the Norwegian Competition Authority.
Foto: Eivind Senneset