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Leiden Competition Talk: Case allocation within the European Competition Network (who should do what?)

  • Rainer Becker
  • Monique van Oers
  • Karen Jelgerhuis Swildens
  • Dominique Costesec
Friday 31 March 2023

On Friday 31 March 2023, the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School is hosting an online roundtable discussion on the topic: “Case allocation within the European Competition Network (who should do what?)”.

This event is the second installment of the Leiden Competition Talks on Regulation 1/2003 – a series of webinars on the functioning of the current EU antitrust enforcement framework, leading up to the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of Regulation 1/2003.

The panel will be composed of:

  • Prof. Rainer Becker (Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission)
  • Ms. Monique van Oers (Director, Legal Services, Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets)
  • Ms. Karen Jelgerhuis Swildens (Senior Managing Counsel, Booking.com)
  • Ms. Dominique Costesec (Competition Counsel, Google)

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ben Van Rompuy, Assistant Professor of Competition Law at Leiden University.

Registration for this event is mandatory. The login details to join the Zoom interactive webinar will be sent to registered participants the day before the event.

Click here to register.

The panelists in the interactive roundtable discussion will reflect on the current ECN case (re-)allocation principles and coordination mechanisms, which are based on provisions of Regulation 1/2003 and a set of guidelines issued in 2004. Since then, however, things have changed. National competition authorities have not only become the main enforcers of the EU antitrust rules in quantitative terms, but they have also increasingly been addressing new competition issues and practices covering many EU Member States. This begs the question whether the allocation principles are (still) sufficiently predictable for undertakings and third parties? How often are cases re-allocated and can the system perhaps be improved? Is there any coordination of priority-setting? What role do small and medium-sized authorities play in setting European law precedents and remedying EU-wide or global practices? What are the consequences of parallel proceedings for the legal position of the company concerned? Etc.

About the Leiden Competition Talks on Regulation 1/2003

Almost 20 years ago, Regulation 1/2003 brought fundamental changes to the way Articles 101 and 102 TFEU are enforced. As part of a broader review exercise of the “fitness” of EU antitrust enforcement, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the performance of this institutional and procedural framework. It acknowledges that in certain areas an update may be needed.

The Leiden Competition Talks on Regulation 1/2003 - a new series of lectures and panel discussions – provides a regular forum for thought-provoking discussion and reflection on the functioning of Regulation 1/2003, both at the EU and national level. It features leading academics, policy-makers, regulators, and practitioners offering various perspectives on key aspects of the system of enforcement set out in the Regulation.

The bimonthly talks, which run until the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of Regulation 1/2003, are organized by the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School. They are held as online webinars that are open to all, but prior registration is required.

Upcoming events

3nd Leiden Competition Talk on Regulation 1/2003: Interim Measures in EU Antitrust Enforcement: Challenges and Promises, 21 April 2023.

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