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Konstantina Bania

Biography

Konstantina is a Senior Associate at Geradin Partners. Before joining the firm, Konstantina was Senior Legal Counsel at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

While at the EBU, Konstantina acquired significant experience in a wide range of matters that concern audiovisual markets and the platform economy. She led two expert groups that focus on online platform regulation, the reform of competition rules to make them fit for digital markets, and the funding and remit of public service media.

Konstantina has worked extensively on antitrust issues arising from the acquisition of premium content, unilateral platform practices, State aid control in the broadcasting sector, and regulatory matters concerning the distribution of media content. She has guided the EBU’s work on the platform-to-business Regulation and the Digital Markets Act proposal, regularly engaging with EU policymakers in those areas.

Konstantina is also a lecturer at the University of Sheffield and an extramural fellow at the Tilburg Law and Economics Centre. In 2020, she was appointed to a scientific council to advise the Greek government on data policy issues.

Konstantina holds a PhD from the European University Institute (EUI). Her dissertation, which explores the role of media pluralism in the enforcement of EU competition law, received the 2016 Concurrences PhD thesis award (an annual Europe-wide competition aimed at selecting the most innovative thesis in the field of law and economics). She publishes regularly in her areas of expertise and she has received prizes and fellowships from numerous institutions, including the Academic Society for Competition Law, the Fulbright Commission, the Competition Law Scholars Forum, and the Institute for European Studies. She has been a guest lecturer at various leading institutions, such as the EUI, Queen Mary University, the University of Lausanne, and Bocconi University.

Konstantina is a native Greek and speaks English, Italian, Spanish and French. She is qualified in Greece.

Experience

  • Led the Platform Regulation expert group of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU): Advising on all aspects concerning the application of competition and regulatory law to platform-to-business relations (Article 102 TFEU, P2B Regulation, DMA proposal, instruments regulating the broadcasting/media sector).
  • Advising public broadcasters on a wide range of matters concerning funding model reforms, revisions of the public service remit, and compliance with Article 106(2) TFEU and the Broadcasting Communication.
  • Advising on antitrust compliance regarding the purchase of media rights to sports competitions.
  • Led the EBU’s policy work on the ongoing process of reform of competition law (replies to public policy consultations; regular exchanges with the EU policymakers on the improvement of legislative proposals and policy initiatives).
  •  IoT Sector Inquiry: Distribution of media content through voice assistants.
  • Advising on covid-19 and State aid measures supporting the media industry.
  • E-Commerce Sector Inquiry: Acquisition of rights to media content on an exclusive basis.
  • Before joining the EBU, Konstantina was a researcher at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (European University Institute) where she produced legal and policy analysis on numerous issues relating to the regulation of the media across Europe. She worked on the implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor and was responsible for matters concerning media concentration. 

Education

PhD, European University Institute, Department of Law (2015).

LL.M. in International, European and Comparative Legal Studies, European University Institute, Department of Law (2011).

LL.M. in International and European Law, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2009).

LL.B., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2006).

Admission

Greece

Languages

English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, French

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Konstantina is invited regularly to speak at academic and practitioners’ events in her fields of expertise.

Some of her most recent publications include:

The proposal for a Digital Markets Act: Pearls, Pitfalls and Suggestions for Improvement (2021), forthcoming.

The Platform-to-Business Regulation: Taming the ‘Big Tech’ beast? (2020). Concurrences (Competition Law Review), 2, 52-64. 

The Role of Media Pluralism in the Enforcement of EU Competition Law (2019). Concurrences: Paris, New York.

The European Commission’s decision in Google Search (2019). In Michal Gal and Björn Lundqvist (eds.) Competition Law for the Digital Economy, 264 – 302. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham. 

The Effects of Broadcasting Digitization on Competition Law: A tale of national and EU copyright policies (2019), Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 15(2-3), 237-282.   

The Role of Consumer Data in the Enforcement of EU Competition Law (2018), European Competition Journal, 14(1), 38-80.  

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