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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Towards an Optimal Enforcement of Competition Rules in Europe - Time for a Reviwew of Regulation 1/2003?

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The Global Competition Law Centre of the College of Europe presents its Fifth Annual Conference, titled Towards an Optimal Enforcement of Competition Rules in Europe - Time for a Reviwew of Regulation 1/2003?  This year it will be held June 11-12 at the HILTON HOTEL, 38 BOULEVARD DE WATERLOO – BRUSSELS

The speaker list is fantastic and I strongly encourage EU based practitioners to attend this conference.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

DAY ONE

9:00 Welcome words and introduction
Jacques Bourgeois, President of the GCLC

9:10 Presentation of the conference
Massimo Merola, Co-director of the conference
KEYNOTE SPEECH – LESSONS FROM SEVEN YEARS AT THE HELM OF DG COMP IN PARTICULAR AS REGARDS THE ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM

9:25 Philip Lowe, Director General, DG Competition

9:45 Coffee break

I. MORNING SESSION

CHAIR: Jacques Bourgeois, President of the GCLC

THE DIRECTLY APPLICABLE EXCEPTION SYSTEM AND THE DIRECT

APPLICABILITY OF ARTICLE 81(3) EC

10:00 Speaker: Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke, Of Counsel, Linklaters

10:30 Discussant: Ben Smulders, Director, Legal Service, European Commission

10:50 Roundtable discussion
Eric Gippini-Fournier, Member of the Legal Service, European Commission
Prof. Ioannis Lianos, University College London
Christophe Humpe, SJ Berwin LLP
Prof. Nicolas Petit, University of Liege (ULg), Howrey LLP

11:20 Q&A session
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EC COMPETITION LAW AND NATIONAL COMPETITION LAW

11h30: Speakers: Eric Morgan de Rivery, Partner, Jones Day
Filippo Amato, Associate, Jones Day

12:00 Discussant: Carles Esteva Mosso, Director Acting, DG Competition

12:20 Roundtable discussion
Prof. Alberto Heimler, Consultant, Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato; Professore, Scuola superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione
Niels Lau, Director Competition Policy, Federation of German Industries
Edurne Navarro, Partner, Uría Menéndez
Leonardo Armati, Associate, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo

12:50 Q&A session

13:00 Lunch

II. AFTERNOON SESSION

CHAIR: Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, Senior Consultant, Linklaters and Former President, Competition Appeal Tribunal

ENFORCEMENT BY THE COMMISSION

14:30 Procedural issues
Speaker: Denis Waelbroeck, Partner, Ashurst

14:45 Substantive issues
Speaker: Prof. K. Hofstetter, General Counsel, Schindler

15:00 Discussant: André Bouquet, Legal Advisor, Legal Service, European Commission

15:20 Roundtable discussion
Céline Gauer, Head of Unit, DG Competition
Ian Forrester, Partner, White & Case
Matthew O'Regan, Counsel, Freshfields

15:50 Q&A session

16:00 Coffee break

ENFORCEMENT BY NATIONAL COMPETITION AUTHORITIES
16:15 Speaker: Marc van der Woude, Partner, Stibbe

16:45 Discussant: Dorothé Dalheimer, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition

17:05 Roundtable discussion
Luís Pais Antunes, Partner, PMLJ - A.M. Pereira, Sáragga Leal,
Oliveira Martins, Júdice e Associados, Lisbon
Damien Gérard, Research Fellow, Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)
Vittorio di Bucci, Legal Advisor, Legal Service, European Commission

17:35 Q & A session

18:00 End of day one

DAY TWO

CHAIR: Damien Geradin, Director of the GCLC

COOPERATION BETWEEN COMPETITION AUTHORITIES AND JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES

9:00 Speaker: Matthew Levitt, Partner, Lovells

9:30 Discussant: Frédéric Jenny, Judge at the French Cour de Cassation, Professor at ESSEC

9:50 Roundtable discussion
Theofanis Christoforou, Director, Legal Service, European Commission
Cani Fernández, Partner, Cuatrecasas
Christopher Brown, Barrister, Matrix Chambers

10:20 Q&A session

10:30 Coffee break

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
10:45 Speaker: Jacques Bourgeois, Consultant, Wilmer Hale

11:15 Discussant: Ewoud Sakkers, Head of Unit, DG Competition

11:35 Roundtable discussion
José Luis Buendía, Partner, Garrigues Abogados
Jacques Steenbergen, Director General, Belgian Competition Authority
Bruno Zanettin, Policy Co-ordinator, DG Competition

12:05 Q & A session

CONCLUDING REMARKS

12:15 Denis Waelbroeck, Co-director of the conference

12:30 End of the conference

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